5-year-old Clarksville boy killed by family dogs

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Clarksville Police report a 5-year-old boy has died after being attacked by dogs Thursday morning.

Police say officers responded to a Charles Thomas Road home around 8:20 this morning and found the boy had "extensive injuries" from being mauled by the family's two dogs.

The child was taken to Tennova Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Both dogs are English Mastiffs, each under one-year-old. The dogs were placed in the custody of the Montgomery County Animal Control.

Anyone with further information on the incident is asked to call police at (931)648-0656 ext. 5132 or the TIPS line at 645-TIPS.

Owning an English Mastiff

Dianna Riddick and her family in southern Kentucky own three English Mastiffs.

"What I like about my Mastiffs is they're happy, they want to be with me all the time, they want to lay on my couch they want to lay on my lap they want to be at our feet, that goes for our whole family," Riddick said.

"They are gentle giants, but they have a shy personality, but you need to overcome that shyness and to socialize them," she said.

But Riddick said unfortunately there can be a flip side to the breed.

"I did not know there was a flip side and part of why you're interviewing me is because we're trying to re home a mastiff, that's 15 months old," Riddick said. "What we have discovered is that he kills livestock. We've had occasions where he'd be this loving dog and not hurt anyone, but will brutally kill hogs."

As for the two Mastiff's that killed the young boy, under Tennessee State law, the dogs will remain under quarantine for 10 days. Then there will be a decision whether or not to put down the dogs.

Clarksville Police opened an investigation into the dog attack.

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