5 dogs that mauled teen to death will be euthanized, officials vote

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Five dogs responsible for the fatal mauling of a teen in Massachusetts will be euthanized. 

The Dighton Board voted unanimously Wednesday to euthanize the dogs involved in this month’s mauling which killed Ryan Hazel. 

The 14-year-old was alone as he tended to the animals. 

The dog’s owner waived his right to a hearing and any appeals. 

“It was a tough decision. However, it was the right decision,” said Kenneth Pacheco, Dighton Selectman Chair. 

Within 48 hours, one Dutch Shepherd and four Belgian Malinois will be put down. 

“There’s nowhere for them to go. It has to be done. I mean, I hate to see it done,” said neighbor Derek Parks. 

Parks wishes the dogs could’ve been used for military purposes, or perhaps at the Department of Corrections instead. 

He says he had seen the dogs from the property loose in the neighborhood before. 

“It bothers me somebody’s that irresponsible. They allowed this to happen, so it’s not the dogs’ fault. He was in charge of these,” he said. 

None of the 11 dogs on the property that tragic day were licensed or vaccinated. 

“This is a tragic situation that won’t undo anything that’s already happened,” Pacheco said. 

Police say the dogs’ owner was in Boston at the time of the attack. 

He’s cooperating with police. 

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