Pack of dogs that mauled, killed Massachusetts teen to be euthanized

Pack Of Dogs That Killed Massachusetts Teen To Be Euthanized

DIGHTON, Mass. — Two weeks after a Massachusetts teen was mauled to death by a pack of dogs, Dighton's Board of Selectmen has decided what to do with those animals.

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On May 9, 14-year-old Ryan Hazel was helping take care of the dogs when he was attacked, officials said. Hazel later died from his injuries.

Dighton Animal Control said none of those dogs were licensed and have been quarantined since the attack. The board discussed the animals' fate at a town meeting on Wednesday night after a tearful tribute to Hazel.

With support from the Dighton Police, Animal Control and the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, the board voted to put the dogs down without hesitation.

"It was a tough decision however it was the right decision. I won’t be losing sleep over the decision. I don’t think any member will be," said Board of Selectmen Chairman Kenneth Pacheco.

"Dighton is known as a small town with a big heart, and Dighton’s big heart continues to grieve for Ryan Hazel and his family," said Nancy Goulart of the Board of Selectmen.