Dog euthanized after mauling child
NEW PORT RICHEY - The dog involved in this weekend's fatal mauling of a 20-month-old child has been euthanized
Pasco Animal Services manager Denise Hilton says the Rottweiler was destroyed after its owners relinquished custody to officers.
Investigators say the dog, named Willie, killed Dallas Walters at a relative's home Saturday night. The boy dropped a cookie and was attacked when he reached to retrieve it, the sheriff's office said.
The dog, a 1-year-old male, had not been neutered, Hilton said. Its body will be sent to a state lab for rabies testing.
Hilton said Willie was not registered in Pasco County. His owners told animal control that they had gotten the dog from someone in Tampa two months ago.
A person who lives at the home where the attack occurred, presumably the dog's owner, declined to comment by telephone.
"Stop bothering me," he said.
Hilton said the owner granted the county custody of the dog shortly after the Saturday evening attack.
The sheriff's office said it does not appear criminal charges are likely, labeling Dallas Walters' death an accident.