The Irving Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding a teenager that was killed by a dog attack.
At approximately 4:45 AM on Saturday, August 10th, Irving Police responded to a suspicious circumstance in the 800 block of E. Third Street after receiving reports of a possible dog attack. When officers arrived, they found three dogs attacking a person in the backyard of a residence. The officers jumped the fence and put themselves between the victim and the dogs in an attempt to stop the attack.
The dogs attacked the officers, and the officers fired to protect themselves and the victim. The victim, a 16-year-old male, was taken to Parkland Hospital with critical injuries. One dog was injured and all three were eventually seized and taken to the Irving Animal Shelter.
On Sunday, August 11th, Irving Police reported the victim had succumbed to his injuries the previous night. The victim of the attack did not live at the residence, and contrary to initial reports, he was not homeless or a runaway. The victim’s name has not been released.
The dog that was injured had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries. The two other dogs are still at the Irving Animal Shelter, and are currently under a mandatory 10-day quarantine. One officer received injuries from a dog bite, but was later treated and released.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Irving Police Department at (972) 273-1010 (24 hours) and reference case number 19-17970. Additionally, tips may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.