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One dog from home where 4-year-old child was mauled has been put down

Dogs seized from Goulds property
Dogs seized from Goulds property
Miami-Dade Animal Services

According to Tuesday's publication of the Miami Herald, one of the dogs who resided at the Goulds, Fla., property, where a four-year-old little boy was fatally mauled last week, was put down on Friday night.

Miami-Dade Animal Services stated that the adult, male pit bull was put down because of his temperament; it is unknown if he was involved in, or responsible for, the child's death. Animal Services stated:

“The decision to euthanize was based solely on the animal’s temperament. What, if any involvement this dog had in the tragedy involving Javon Dade, Jr., has not yet been determined. The Animal Services Department continues to assist Miami-Dade Police and the State Attorney’s Office in their ongoing investigation.”

The child, Javon Dade Jr., was found on August 13 in tall grass outside of a rented home in the 12300 Block of Southwest 230th Street; authorities had been called to the property after receiving a report that the child was missing.

On the day of the boy's death, animal control officers seized a total of six dogs from the property, including three boxer-mix puppies. All of the dogs remained impounded - aside from the adult male dog which was put down last week.

According to CBS Miami, the local child welfare agency had received a complaint from a neighbor in 2011 about the living conditions at the home where the boy was found dead. An investigation following the complaint determined that the boy, and his siblings were in a “moderate to high" risk environment. Recently, hotline tips had been made indicating that the boy's father may have been involved with the sale of drugs.

The boy's father, Javan Dade, Sr., has a history of drug-related arrests - the situation remains under investigation.

Prior story about the boy's death at this link.

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