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Community helping family of boy tragically killed in dog attack

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DIGHTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The community is still coming to grips with the loss of 14-year-old Ryan Hazel.  

“You feel horrible right, feel absolutely horrible for these people, nobody should ever have to have this happen in their lifetime,” Jane Danek said over the phone Saturday from Princeton, New Jersey.

She’s known Hazel’s parents for years through the field trial and dog show community.  Friday morning she heard about what happened and later started a GoFundMe.

“I just put this up because I didn’t know what else I could do,” Danek said.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Hazel had been taking care of several dogs on the Maple Swamp Road Property in Dighton for about a year.

But on Thursday, when Hazel hadn’t completed his chores within the time frame he normally does, his grandmother was scared and had his parents call a neighbor.

“He eventually found Ryan lying on the ground in the rear yard suffering from traumatic injuries to various areas of his body, the neighbor also found four dogs in the yard and put them in the basement of the home,” Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said at a news conference Friday.

The breeds of those dogs were Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois. Investigators also found nine puppies and seven other adult dogs not suspected in the attack.

Eyewitness News has not been able to reach the property owner Scott Dunmore for comment but no foul play is suspected and Quinn said he is cooperating with the investigation. He was out of town when the attack happened. 

Meanwhile, the GoFundMe page has already surpassed its goal of $5,000, raising almost $28,000 on Saturday alone.

“It turned out that it wasn’t just our little field trial community, it was the community at large, I don’t know how it spread but it spread,” Danek said.

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