A 7-year-old-boy was mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina as he walked through his neighborhood with his brother, cops said.
Young Shamar Jackson and his brother were swarmed by dogs on Sunday as they looked for their pet Chihuahua in Marion, reports said.
Dogs reportedly ripped away Shamar’s clothes as his brother escaped.
“They couldn’t get away because it was so many dogs coming from different directions,” Carnell Jackson, Shamar’s father, said, according to The State newspaper.
The dogs may have been from a neighbor’s yard and come through a hole in the fence, WBTW reported.
The child’s father told the TV station that his wife was told not to touch her Shamar until the police could get him.
“How are you going to tell her to leave her child there?” Charnell Jackson said.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday it seized five dogs and a puppy from a nearby property as part of its investigation, but it didn’t provide any information on if anyone had been arrested or charged.
The sheriff’s office Facebook page said an account was established for people looking to donate to help the family pay Shamar’s funeral costs.
“Shamar tragically lost his life earlier this week in a dog attack near Wilbur Road. Shamar was a straight A student finishing up the first grade at Lake View Elementary,” the post said.
“You may donate at any Anderson Brothers Bank location, simply specify Shamar Jackson Fund.”