LUZEC NAD CIDLINOU CZECH REPUBLIC - A 5-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS MAULED TO DEATH BY 1 OR MORE LARGE DOGS AS HE WAS WITH HIS FATHER WHO WAS TALKING TO THE OWNER AT HIS RESIDENCE
A five-year-old boy has been attacked and killed by a pack of vicious dogs as his father chatted to the owner of the animals, according to reports.
The little boy, whose name has not been released, had gone with his father who was visiting a friend named only as Pavel.
The five-year-old's dad and Pavel were talking in front of the house and the gate to the garden had been left open. Witnesses said the boy ran into the garden where the man kept his six dogs - four of which were caged but the other two were running free.
The youngster ran to the bottom of the garden but one dog apparently followed him and suddenly attacked, biting the boy on the neck, before the other dogs - some of which escaped from their cages - joined in.
The boy's father and Pavel ran to the boy's aid but found his lifeless body by the side of a barn.
Paramedics quickly arrived at the scene by helicopter but they were too late to help the boy as he was already dead.
The tragedy happened in the Czech village of Luzec nad Cidlinou.
Neighbours said Pavel's dogs had caused a lot of problems and had allegedly escaped from their cages before killing a pig and another dog.
One woman who did not want to be named said that she had also been attacked by the dogs in the past.
Pavel, a welder, said that three of the dogs were his while the rest belonged to his partner Zaneta who was the mother of two young children, aged three and four.
He said that the dogs had got used to being around young children and were normally friendly, adding: "I don't understand how it could happen."
Local police are investigating the incident and say that the dog, or dogs, found to have killed the boy would be put down.