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Boy, 5, mauled to death by dog in horrific attack

ANIMAL ATTACK: James Nevils III was fatally attacked by a dog earlier this week

A FIVE-year-old boy was killed after being mauled by a dog who bit the child in the throat and didn't let go until onlookers started to beat it sticks and pricks.

James Nevils III was attacked while at a home in Chicago with relatives on Monday night (May 25).

Police and neighbours said the dog bit the boy in the throat and didn't let go until neighbours repeatedly beat the dog, finally killing it.

Brandon Lindsey, 25, said he heard screams from inside the house. Then he saw the young boy's mother pulling the dog outside by its legs. The entire time the dog had a firm grip on James' neck and would not let go.

"She was pulling him like a rag doll," Lindsey said. "The boy seemed lifeless."

Lindsey grabbed a metal chair from his porch and ran and slammed the dog. His neighbours came running with pipes, sticks and bricks and continued beating the dog until it died, reported the Chicago Tribune.

James was rushed to the hospital, where he passed away from his injuries.

The boy's grandfather, James Nevils Sr said: "This dog took a young life, and the person responsible should be made to pay."

"He was a good boy, a very good boy. I just can't believe he's gone. I'm just devastated."

The owner of the dog that mauled the 5-year-old has been issued two citations, but no criminal charges have been filed.

The owner was cited for not having a city license for the dog and for not having the dog inoculated against rabies. Police did not name the owner and could not say if more serious charges might be filed later.

Brad Powers, a spokesman for the Commission on Animal Care and Control, said the dog was "large and muscular."

"While we have no way to confirm a dog breed based on physical characteristics alone, the animal has features consistent with the Dogo Argentino breed," he said in an email.

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