SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — A funeral was held Saturday for Ryan Hazel, 14, of Rehoboth, who died after being mauled by dogs in Dighton.
The service for Hazel was held at His Providence Church in Swansea followed by a private burial.
Hazel was a freshman at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School and he regularly checked on the dogs at the Maple Swamp property where the deadly attack happened on May 9, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.
Investigators said Hazel had been regularly caring for the dogs for about a year. The property owner, Scott Dunmore, who is also a dog trainer, was out of town.
On the night of the attack, a neighbor went to check on Hazel after his family had called saying they were concerned the chores were taking longer than usual. The neighbor tried doing CPR on Hazel, but it was too late.
Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn says the neighbor put the dogs in the basement. There were three Belgian Malinois and one Dutch Shepherd.
Investigators also found 16 more dogs, some of them puppies, not suspected in the attack. According to Dighton’s animal control officer, the dogs were not licensed.
She said she’s tried to inspect the property several times but Scott Dunmore wasn’t home.
The dogs are currently under quarantine and are awaiting a potential dangerousness hearing.
Eyewitness News has not been able to reach Dunmore for comment but the district attorney’s office says he is cooperating with the investigation.