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Bullmastiff That Killed Boy Shot Dead

A 150-pound Bullmastiff dog that killed a five-year-old boy in Jessieville on Sunday was found dead Monday after being shot by a friend of the dog's owner.
JESSIEVILLE, AR -- A 150-pound Bullmastiff dog that killed a five-year-old boy in Jessieville on Sunday was found dead Monday after being shot by a friend of the dog's owner.

The discovery ended a tragic and scary situation for the small, rural community.

"Animal control came out yesterday and told us about it and told us to be on the lookout," said Jessieville resident Paige Parks.  "Everybody's been out.  My neighbors were walking down the street [with guns] this morning like they were going hunting."

Early Monday afternoon Parks said her Labrador mix named Mayhem began barking incessantly.

"His hair was standing up and that's not normal," she said.  Parks followed Mayhem until they arrived at the body of a dead Bullmastiff."

Parks heard gunshots late Sunday night, but until Mayhem found the dog Monday afternoon no one knew if it was dead.

Garland County Deputies, members of the community and friends and family of the Bullmastiff's owners had been looking for the dog since around noon Sunday when it attack the boy at a home off Highway 298.  Deputies said the boy was staying friends of his parents after their home in Moore, Oklahoma was destroyed by a tornado last month.

"It's tragic," said Garland County Deputy Scott Hinojosa.  "People are just heartbroken."

Hinojosa said Monday that investigators haven't determined whether the Bullmastiff's owners will face charges.

Garland County does not have any restrictions on dog breeds, but even counties that do mostly target Pit Bulls not Bullmastiffs.

According to the American Kennel Club, the Bullmastiff is an "ideal family companion."

The American Canine Association describes the breed as a "family pet."
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