bullmastiffJESSIEVILLE, AR — A five-year-old boy from Oklahoma was killed in Arkansas Sunday after he was attacked by a family friend’s Bullmastiff.

The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying with 50-year-old Lynn Geiling and her husband while their family rebuilt their home destroyed by the deadly tornado that swept through Moore, Oklahoma last month.

The siblings had been staying with the couple for about two weeks when the couple’s Bullmastiff attacked the boy as he was putting on his shoes and, according to Geiling, throwing a tantrum.

“The child was putting on some shoes and was crying and upset,” said Garland County Deputy Scott Hinojosa. “The dog possibly took that as being aggressive and at that time the child was attacked.”

Geiling told police she tried to pull the dog off the boy, but by time she did the boy had already suffered “major lacerations” to his head and neck. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.

The dog ran away after attacking the boy, and animal control were still searching for it late Sunday night to have it euthanized. But another resident saved them the trouble when they found the dog on Monday and killed it.

“You can’t imagine, you know, what this family and friends are going through right now,” Hinojosa said. Nope, I really can’t.

Investigators are still working to determine whether the dog’s owners will face charges.

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