A child in Goulds was mauled to death Wednesday morning.
Police have identified the boy as 4-year-old Javon Dade, Jr. Police were originally called to the home because Javon was missing.
“According to investigators, at approximately 10:09 a.m., police received a phone call advising of a missing 4-year old male. As officers arrived they did an area canvas where they discovered a black male, four years of age, deceased in the back yard,” said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Det. Robin Pinkard.
Chopper4 over the scene spotted the tarp covered body lying in the fenced yard of a home on SW 123rd Avenue about a block south of SW 228th Street.
Neighbors told CBS4’s Gary Nelson that the boy was staying with his father, Javon Dade, Sr. in the home and the family had at least two dogs who they described as being very aggressive. They said when the family’s dogs were out in the yard they didn’t go near the fence. They believe the dogs are pit bulls.
Javon, according to police, was mauled to death by a dog, or possibly more than one.
It is unknown how the child made his way out of the home.
Six dogs (three dogs and three puppies) were removed from the property, according to Miami-Dade Police. They have not decided what they are doing with them.
All the dogs are being evaluated and processed as evidence but it has not been determined how many or if any were involved in the mauling, according to Miami-Dade Animal Services.
“We don’t know if the dogs lived at that location or they somehow gained entry,” said Pinkard.
All are still alive pending the outcome of the investigation but they are being held in protective custody and not available for adoption or released to their owners depending on the results of the investigation.
Animal services is assisting police in the investigation and trying to match the bite wounds to the dogs.
“At this point we don’t know which dog in particular but it is apparent that the young male was attacked by a dog. How many dogs, at this time we don’t know,” said Pinkard.