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Boy, 4, killed by dogs: Fla. boy mauled in pit bull attack

Pit bull mix plays in the mud in the Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park
Pit bull mix plays in the mud in the Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park
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Boy, 4, killed by dogs? A vicious dog attack left a 4-year-old boy dead Saturday in Riverview, Fla. Sources say two pit bull dogs mauled and killed Logan Shepeard during a family visit. No charges have been filed at this time, but family and friends are trying to make sense of how a young child's life ended in such a brutal manner, citing an updated MyFoxChicago report.

On the day the young boy, 4, was killed by dogs, he and his mother were visiting a relative's home in the town, just a short drive from downtown Tampa. As family members described, one minute Logan was in the living room enjoying ice cream -- while the family was in another -- and a short time later, they heard the child's piercing screams.

Everyone in the home dashed to the yard where the screams were coming from, but it was too late -- the tiny boy was dead, and two of the uncle's pit bull dogs lay on his lifeless body.

Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department were patrolling the area at the time, when they heard screams coming from the residence off Rhodine Road. They immediately responded and witnessed the aftermath of the shocking animal attack on the hapless child.

As one can imagine, neighbors in the area expressed their grief for the family; anytime a child is killed, the news sends shock waves throughout a community. However, residents also expressed their concerns and subtle fears about the safety of their own kids from dogs.

It hits you right in the heart because if anything happened to my kids I don't know what I would do. I couldn't even imagine what those parents are feeling right now," said Crystal Hunley.

It bothers me especially because I have 10 grandchildren 6 kids. I don't want to see any kid go like that," said Dennis Almeda, another resident in the established community.

In the wake of the 4-year-old's death, police are struggling to determine how the dogs got out and how the boy managed to get outdoors without the family knowing. Meanwhile, both animals were put down, as is standard protocol when a viscous mauling takes place.

While a growing number of Florida counties have bans in place or are considering banning pit bull terrier breeds, the county where the boy, 4, was killed by dogs, does not have a ban. A call placed to the Hillsborough County government confirmed local and municipal laws governing ownership.