Dighton officials vote to euthanize dogs involved in mauling death of Rehoboth teen

DIGHTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Town officials in Dighton voted Wednesday night to euthanize all five of the dogs involved in a horrific attack that left a 14-year-old Rehoboth high school student dead.

The town’s Board of Selectmen voted to put down the dogs involved in the May 9 mauling death of Bristol-Plymouth Regional High School student Ryan Hazel, who was attacked by the dogs he was caring for on Maple Swamp Road.

The dogs involved were Dutch Shepherds and Belgian Malinois.

Selectman Kenneth Pacheco said, “It was a tough decision, however, it was the right decision. I don’t think we will be losing sleep over it.”

The dogs are being held at animal control in Rehoboth and will be euthanized within 48 hours.

The town says the owner didn’t have licenses for any of the 11 dogs on his property.

“We are still investigating,” Pacheco said. “They should have been licensed and vaccinated. We are looking at that.”

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