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Teen boy killed by German shepherd at family’s dog breeding farm: Reports

A teen boy taking care of dogs at his family’s dog breeding farm in Minnesota is dead, and police say one of the family’s dogs is responsible.

At around 3 p.m. on December 10, Deon Bush, 14, went to tend to the dogs at his family’s farm in Amor, which is around about 11 miles from Battle Lake. According to Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Van Dyke, the boy’s father was physically unable to go check on him and contacted authorities when Deon never returned home.

Authorities arrived at the farm and found Deon deceased and an “extremely aggressive” 3-year-old German shepherd nearby. At the family’s request, deputies killed the dog for posing a risk to safety.

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“We’re still trying to determine what would make the dog do that,” Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons said, according to Valley News Live. “It’s a 14 year old young man who was just beginning his life and we’re all grieving.”

MailOnline reports that the dog responsible for the attack had been shipped to the family from Poland around six months prior. The farm is managed by Deon’s mother, Jennifer Bush.

The State Board of Animal Health in Minnesota handles the regulations for importing dogs from other countries. However, Jennifer Bush reportedly is not licensed to breed dogs commercially.

“We don’t have a record of [Jennifer Bush] being licensed as a commercial dog and cat breeder,” board spokesperson Michael Crusan said to the Star Tribune.

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