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2-year-old boy mauled to death by two dogs, Fresno police say

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About 4.5 million dog bites occur every year in the United States. Here are tips for being safe around man’s best friend.

A 2-year-old boy was killed and his grandmother was injured Friday morning after being attacked by two dogs in southeast Fresno, Fresno police reported.

Officers were dispatched about 11 a.m. to a home in the 5900 block of East Kaviland Avenue where they found the child suffering from dog bites, Fresno police Lt. Mark Hudson said. The officers performed CPR and the child was then taken by ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The boy was identified Monday by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Jaysiah Chavez, 2, of Fresno.

Officers learned the child wandered out the front door into the front yard where he was attacked by two Rottweilers. Other children in the home alerted the boy’s grandmother that he was outside, and she rushed after him. When she saw the dogs biting the boy, she tried to get the dogs off of him and was also attacked, Hudson said.

The boy’s grandfather was finally able to get the dogs off the boy and his grandmother. The dogs then fled, Hudson said.

Officers searched the neighborhood and found the two dogs a few blocks away. The dogs are being held by the Central California SPCA.

The SPCA confirmed Friday afternoon the owners of the dogs were found, and they relinquished the animals. An SPCA spokesman said the dogs were scheduled to be euthanized later Friday.

The CDC reports that dogs bite 4.5 million people annually. And one particular group of people faces the threat of dog attacks on a daily basis; letter carriers. Each year, more than 6,000 letter carriers will be victims of dog attacks.

Betty Long, the 86-year-old Grover Beach woman who survived a fatal attack by two dogs owned by former Grover Beach police officer Alex Geiger, returned home this week following shoulder replacement surgery. The December 13, 2016, attack killed Lo

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