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The five dogs suspected of mauling a Massachusetts teen to death earlier this month were ordered to be killed Wednesday night, officials said.
Dighton’s Board of Selectmen held a vote that determined that the five dogs responsible for the death of the 14-year-old Ryan Hazel — a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd, three 8-month-old belgian Malinois and a 4-year-old belgian Malinois — were to be killed as a result of the fatal attack.
The city Administrator Mallory Aronstein said that the animals’ owner, Scott Dunmore, 49, waived his right to contest a decision by the members of the council.
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“The officer of justice, Dighton Police and Animal Control officers are all in agreement that the five suspected dogs are ordered to be killed,” Aronstein said in a statement.
Ryan was found dead on May 9 after suffering “traumatic injuries on different areas of his body” from an apparent dog attack, police said at the time. The teen was tending to Dunmore’s animals while the owner was out of town, something he had done on a regular basis.
A Belgian shepherd or Malinois, similar to a dog linked to a teenager’s death. (Getty Images)
The police did not comment on the manner in which the dogs were found, but noted that there are more dogs loose on the property at the time of the attack, and seven who were locked up.
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Just before all three members of the council, acting unanimously, to put the dogs to sleep, a Member of the Board of directors Nancy J. Goulart requested a moment of silence for Ryan and his family.
“Dighton is known as a small town with a big heart and Dighton’s big heart continues to mourn for Ryan Hazel and his family,” she said.