Homestead - South Dade

August 19, 2014

Pit bull euthanized after mauling death of Goulds 4-year-old

A pit bull that might have been involved in the mauling death of a 4-year-old boy last week was euthanized, according to Miami-Dade Animal Services.

A pit bull that might have been involved in the mauling death of a 4-year-old boy last week was euthanized, according to Miami-Dade Animal Services.

The adult male dog was euthanized Friday night because of its temperament. It was not clear whether the dog was involved in the death of Javon Dade Jr.

On Aug. 13, the boy’s limp body was found by police in the yard of his father’s home in Goulds after a call to police reported him missing. At the time police seized six dogs — two adult female terrier-boxer mixes, an adult male pit bull and three terrier-boxer mix puppies between 2 and 4 months old — from the yard.

The five other dogs remain at the shelter while Animal Services continues to assist Miami-Dade police and the state attorney's office in their investigation.

On Monday, records released by the Florida Department of Children & Families showed that the agency had been warned about the animals and Javon’s father, Javon Dade Sr. In 2011, a caller said the dogs were “untrained,” and there was concern “for the safe care of the children in the home.”

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