Kellan Islas: Pack of dogs mauls 7-year-old boy to death, injures mother who rushed in to save him

Kellan Islas: Pack of dogs mauls 7-year-old boy to death, injures mother who rushed in to save him
The officers found Emily Islas and her son Kellan with horrific injuries and bite marks (GoFundMe)

FORT HALL, IDAHO: A seven-year-old Fort Hall boy has reportedly died and his mother has been hospitalized after being viciously attacked by a pack of dogs. The attack took place on Saturday, January 21 at around 5:51 pmo when officers from the Fort Hall Police Department responded to a residence on Sandy Road, where a young boy was reported to be unconscious.

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Upon their arrival, the officers found Emily Islas and her son Kellan with horrific injuries and bite marks. The mother-son duo was rushed to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, where Kellan succumbed to his injuries. Islas required emergency surgery and remains in the intensive care unit at the medical center, according to a press release from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on social media.

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As per the press release, Islas and Kellan were staying in an RV on the property when he went outside and did not return. "His mother went looking for him (and) found him lying face down with the dogs mauling him in the front porch area," the release stated. The frantic mother rushed to save his son when the four dogs began attacking her. The four dogs involved in the attack — two rottweilers and two mixed breeds, were owned by the property owners who were not present at the time of the attack.

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All four dogs have been put down by tribal authorities in the aftermath of the attack. The dog owners, who are non-tribal members, were cited for 15 violations of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes’ Animal Ordinance, including vicious animal attacks, rabies vaccination, and being over the limit of canine or feline pets. “We would like to ask the public to respect the privacy of the family at this time,” said Vice Chair Donna Thompson of the Fort Hall Business Council (FHBC). “The Fort Hall Business Council would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family of the young man who lost his life in this tragic incident,” the statement continued. “The FHBC would also like to thank the responding emergency agencies and first responders for their quick response.”

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A GoFundMe page has also been set up to raise funds for the mother's surgeries. The fundraising page described Islas as “an amazing woman and mother who sacrificed herself to try and save her little boy.” “No mother should ever have to go through this. And it absolutely breaks my heart that this tragedy has happened. I know this won't heal the hurt but at least it can help so she doesn't have to worry about being able to provide for her daughter while she heals," it said.

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