Father of Boy Killed in Dog Attack Says Pet Tore the Clothes off Son's Body

A father has recounted how his son's clothes were torn off as he was killed in a dog attack.

The 7-year-old boy was walking in his neighborhood with his brother on Sunday when he was mauled by at least one dog, Marion County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina, said in a Facebook post.

The brother managed to escape.

The sheriff's office, coroner, animal control and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the boy's death.

Sheriff Brian Wallace told ABC affiliate WPDE on Monday that officials were actively seeking the dogs and their possible owner.

After the attack, Marion County Animal Control seized five mixed breed adult dogs from a property. That figure was updated to six on Tuesday, according to WPDE.

Father Carnell Jackson named the victim as his son Shemar Sherif Jackson. Appearing to hold back tears, he told WMBF News: "You watch him come out of his mother, I cut his umbilical cord."

Before his son was attacked, Jackson said he and his three sons were looking for their escaped pet chihuahua, Remi.

Jackson said: "They seen she was surrounded by this guy's dogs... When they called her she ran and two of my sons jumped over this fence to get from the dogs, and the dogs came around and mauled one of them."

Jackson said: "Shamar, he jumped on the fence, but he fell backwards, and he was just kicking the gate.

"One of the dogs came down here and ran to that side and just dragged him back. And ripped all of his clothes off of his body. You know, mauled him."

The father told WMBF: "All I want is for them to get them dogs because it seems like an ongoing thing."

The property the dogs came from did not have any warning signs, Jackson said.

"You got holes all in the fences then you try to patch them up... if you know the dog bite, you got children out here, keep the dogs up. Or if you can't keep them up, get rid of them," he said.

Anthony Parsley, the boy's uncle, told CBS affiliate WBTW: "I'm hurt. I want to cry but I can't cry anymore... That's my little fella there."

Parsley said the owners had not given their condolences to the family or apologized.

Neighbor Rafeaiel Sheppard said he has been in the area of around 30 years, and people had complained about the dogs for around 10 years.

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A stock image shows a dog putting its paws on a gate. A 7-year-old boy has been killed in a dog attack.