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Little boy nearly attacked, family pet mauled to death by large dogs

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DETROIT (WJBK) -- A little boy is saved from a vicious dog attack, but his family pet wasn't so lucky. The 4 year old and his family's small dog were playing in the yard of a home on the city's west side Thursday, when the neighbor's Pit Bull and German Shepherd ran over and attacked. "The two dogs came from the side... at first I didn't see them... but I hear them, then I hear my dog crying," said the boy's uncle Gregory Raymore.

Raymore managed to grab his nephew and get him to safety inside the house. When he came back out to rescue his mother's King Charles Spaniel, it was too late. "I can't bring her back but I mean come on, it was a four year old, he could've got killed. I keep thinking about that," said the boy's aunt Lakesha Crowther. "It wasn't a pretty scene for my nephew. He was scared and ran back in the house crying," said Raymore.

The small dog died on the way to the veterinarian's office. "These people have been living here for no longer than a week. And they came over, two dogs -- vicious dogs -- out of a fence that's not properly gated obviously," Crowther said. The boy's mother called animal control, but they were told it would take at least a day to get a response. "Meanwhile we can't go back and forth out of our house because we're scared that the dogs are going to jump the gate again," said Crowther. Now they're just hoping animal control responds before somebody else gets hurt.

Detroit animal control handles at least 800 bite cases every year, and there's only one investigator to handle the enormous caseload. Detroit police officers did take a police report, and checked out the house next door but no one answered.

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