Skip to main content

Sheriff: Boy, 14, fatally attacked by family dog in rural Minnesota

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Thursday.

A 14-year-old boy's death in rural Minnesota is under investigation and the sheriff's office believes the child was killed by his family's dog. 

According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, authorities conducting a welfare check found the boy dead in a yard in the rural Battle Lake area just after 3 p.m. Thursday. 

The 14-year-old "was believed to have been attacked by the family dog – a 3-year-old long-haired German shepherd – the sheriff's office said in a release. 

The dog, which was purchased out of Poland six months ago, was "extremely aggressive" when deputies arrived at the scene. It was put down due to public safety and at the request of the dog's owner. 

The child's identity has not been be released. The investigation is ongoing and the dog has been transported to North Dakota State University for a necropsy. 

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

Next Up

AlexanderKueng

Ex-cop Kueng sentenced to 3½ years in prison in killing of George Floyd

Kueng pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in October.

MinneapolisChildGoFundMe

Effort to support flu-stricken boy who spent his birthday on ventilator

The 10-year-old has been on a ventilator after complications followed.

nbm-conus-ncentus-total_snow_10to1-1170400

What's the latest on next week's major snowstorm system?

The storm is coming. It's just a matter of where the biggest snow totals occur.

Screen Shot 2022-12-09 at 12.01.44 PM

Twin Cities radio host Matt McNeil seriously injured in crash

A post on his social media account says he'll recover.

Screen Shot 2022-12-09 at 12.48.55 PM

Marshalls in downtown Minneapolis to close its doors to shoppers

The company confirmed it will be open until mid-January.

Screen Shot 2022-12-09 at 9.45.35 AM

Boys aged 12 and 14 arrested after fleeing police in stolen car

The two boys were charged with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property.

JackknifedSemiI35

Heavy snow brings multiple crashes to southern Minnesota roads

The snowfall is expected to end sometime Friday morning.

Cheetah Pizza

Edina pizza joint quietly closes after 38 years

The restaurant was located at 5125 Edina Industrial Blvd.

internet

Internet providers to get $100M to expand coverage across Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz says it's the largest single investment in broadband infrastructure in the state's history.

Forest Lake High School

Charges: Man left knife tucked in bathroom stall inside high school

The 42-year-old entered the bathroom Tuesday morning and left 15 minutes later.

Related

dion bush

14-year-old boy killed by dog suffered fatal bite, wasn't attacked

His family calls Dion Bush's death a "tragic accident."

police lights

Authorities identify boy, 14, killed in apparent attack by family dog

Deon Bush was found dead at his home in rural Battle Lake.

ambulance

Boy dies from gunshot wound in west-central Minnesota

The incident was reported around 9:35 a.m. Friday.

ambulance

Boy, 5, dies in fall at northern Minnesota mine pit

The boy fell approximately 70 feet, according to police.

minneapolis police

Police investigating death of 3-year-old boy in south Minneapolis

Police and medics responded to the 3500 block of South 3rd Avenue at approximately 5:45 p.m.