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3-year old attacked by dogs near Fort Hall

After a dog attack on a toddler Sunday, the Fort Hall Business Council has authorized the Tribal Fish and Game and Police Departments to take immediate action to address the issue of stray dogs on the Fort Hall Reservation. A 3-year-old boy was attacked by dogs Sunday. The child is currently being treated at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. “He suffered multiple dog bites all over his body and underwent surgery last night for five hours to repair his injuries,” said Ft. Hall Police Chief Pat Teton. “The dogs involved in this attack have been destroyed and their remains will be sent to a lab for testing for diseases.” The owners of the dogs are currently out of the area. Tribal Fish and Game officers are collecting the remaining dogs involved in Sunday’s attack and removing them from the community. Fish and Game Director Bret Haskett said, “”We are putting out live traps to capture all the dogs involved and have successfully caught several already, but we want to caution the local residents to confine their dogs who are not a part of the incident.” The public is being directed to maintain and restrain their dogs for the next two weeks. All dogs that are not on a leash or are running unrestrained in the immediate Fort Hall townsite area may be captured and removed. The trapping is expected to continue for up to a week. The Fort Hall Police Department, FBI, and Tribal Fish and Game are continuing their investigation. All findings will be forwarded to the Tribal and Federal Prosecutor’s Office for possible criminal charges.

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