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CARTERET, New Jersey (WABC) – The investigation is ongoing into a terrible incident in New Jersey in which a 3-year-old boy was attacked and killed by his neighbor’s dogs.
The boy’s mother was also badly injured, and neighbors say the dogs were a threat to the community.
“Those pit bulls bit everyone in this area,” said a neighbor. “I am aware of certain houses so I will try another route if I know they are on this block.”
The attack occurred in the back yard of a house on East Laurel Street in Carteret at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after the two pit bulls apparently jumped over the fence of their residence on nearby Birch Street.
The 3-year-old was flown to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The mother was transported by ambulance and remains in the hospital.
Their names have not yet been published.
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Mayor Daniel Reiman said the dogs were not registered in the city as required by law, according to local health department records. You were fatally shot by the police at the scene.
“As a small community, our Carteret family mourn the heartbreaking loss of our young neighbor,” he said. “We pray for this young mother and family at this time of unimaginable sorrow.”
The neighbors said the dogs were allowed to roam free in the neighborhood, and one said they didn’t let their own children play outside because of this.
The family moved from Brooklyn just a few months ago. A neighbor said she contacted authorities several times about the dogs.
“I’ll just call the police when I can if something happens,” she said.
Another neighbor said he spearheaded efforts to raise money for the family.
“I’m a salesman, I go to all customers and I went to one of our customers to help with the funeral,” he said. “And one guy is playing me $ 200. The first one I went to. We’ll try to help you with the funeral.”
Mayor Reiman said anyone wishing to donate money to the family to cover their expenses can do so by CLICKING HERE.
Checks can also be sent by post to the following address:
Charity Trust Fund at Carteret Borough Hall
61 Cooke Ave.
Carteret NJ 07008
They can also be dropped into the locker in front of the building.
All funds raised will be donated to the family for medical care and funeral expenses.
Anyone with additional information can contact the Carteret Police Department and the Middlesex County Attorney at 732-541-4181 (CPD) and 732-745-3300 (MCPO).
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