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Young boy killed, mother injured by dogs in Idaho

Dog attack in Idaho
Posted at 8:46 AM, Jan 25, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-25 20:26:12-05

A young boy was killed and his mother was injured Saturday after a four dogs — two Rottweilers and two mixed breed dogs — attacked the pair in Fort Hall, Idaho, authorities said.

Police were dispatched to a residence on Saturday evening in response to a report of a young boy who was attacked and left unconscious, according to a news release Monday from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Sho-Ban News reported: "The boy’s mother Emily Islas was severely injured after she tried to fight off the dogs but was unable to so she laid on top of her son to protect him."

The attack occurred on Fort Hall Reservation land, which is overseen by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, a federally-recognized tribal government. However, neither the victims nor the dogs' owners were members of the tribes, according to the statement.

No details were provided about the circumstances of the attack.

All four dogs were put down by tribal authorities, Shoshone-Bannock said. The dogs' owners were also cited for 15 violations of the tribes' animal ordinance, including vicious animal attack, and not having a rabies vaccination.

A friend of the family has created a GoFundMe account which states:

I know Emily, and I know she did everything in her power to protect Kellan from that attack. She is an amazing woman and mother and sacrificed herself to try and save her little boy. Emily was rushed to emergency surgery and is still in the ICU trying to recover from the damage that the dogs did to her. I do know that she sustained nerve damage and a ruptured artery in her right arm as well as damage to the back of her head, left arm and her back. Emily's daughter thankfully was not there when the attack took place.

Officials said several agencies, including the FBI and the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, are involved in the investigation.

The case will also be submitted to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the event that federal charges could apply to the incident.