Undersheriff: NM boy dies following dog mauling

December 29, 2012 • State News

PINE HILL, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an 8-year-old Cibola County boy who was attacked [auth] by a pack of dogs.

Undersheriff Tony Mace tells the Gallup Independent ( that Tomas Jay Henio was attacked by nine dogs near his family’s home in Pine Hill on Wednesday.

The boy’s body was transported to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.

Mace did not have details about the circumstances that led up the attack. He says most of the dogs were strays that were being fed by the boy’s uncle.

Police in nearby Ramah contacted the sheriff’s office Thursday to have an animal control officer pick up the dogs. The animals have since been euthanized.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher confirmed to The Associated Press that agents were investigating because the incident happened on the Navajo reservation. He says autopsy results are pending.

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