Boy dead following dog attack

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a little boy is dead following an apparent dog attack at his father's South Florida home.

Miami-Dade police say officers responded to the home Wednesday morning after 4-year-old Javon Dade Jr. was reported missing. His body was found a short time later in his father's backyard, along with three terrier-boxer mixed puppies, two adult female terrier-boxer mixes and an adult male pit bull.

Police say the child appeared to have been mauled, but it wasn't clear which dog or dogs participated in the attack. All the dogs were turned over to the county's animal services department.

The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/Xs2frg ) reports that police were interviewing the boy's father Wednesday to determine if negligence was involved the fatal mauling.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com