Police investigate on Thursday, May 9, 2019, after a 14-year-old boy was found dead after an apparent dog mauling in Dighton, Massachusetts.
Photo: WFXT
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14-year-old killed in apparent dog mauling in Massachusetts

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Police said a neighbor called 911 around 8 p.m. Thursday to report finding a dead teenager on Maple Swamp Road.

Officials with Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn's office said the teen is a 14-year-old boy from neighboring Rehoboth. It's unclear why the teen, whose name has not been released, was in the Dighton neighborhood.

WFXT spoke with the owner of the property, Scott Dunmore, who called the situation heartbreaking. He said he wasn't at the property when the incident happened and that he couldn't comment further, due to the ongoing investigation.

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District Superintendent Anthony Azar said in an email to students that crisis teams would be at all schools Friday.

The district attorney's office said the dogs involved in the incident were taken by animal control, but it's unclear how many dogs were taken or how many are believed to be involved in the mauling. Two dogs were seen in the back of a van Thursday night.

Foul play is not suspected, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing. No additional information was released.

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