Deputies hear child’s scream; find dogs standing over 4-year-old’s body

RIVERVIEW, Fla. — An investigation is underway after a four-year-old boy was killed by two dogs in Riverview, Florida.

Bay News 9 reports that he child was visiting his uncle’s house southeast of Tampa Saturday the attack happened.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said two deputies, who happened to be conducting a traffic stop near the home, heard the child’s screams and discovered two dogs, they described as pit bulls, standing over Logan Shepard.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:30 p.m.

Investigators said the boy and his his mother had walked over to their aunt and uncle’s house and that the boy’s uncle had crated the two dogs before they arrived.

Deputies said Logan had been given some ice cream and was left sitting in the family room while the adults and Logan’s 15-year-old cousin went into the master bedroom to talk.

When the adults heard screams, they realized that Logan was not in the house.

Animal services, who took the dogs away, said it was the first time they had been called to the home.

No charges had been filed as of 10 p.m. Sunday.

36 comments

  • Troll

    All of you pit bull defenders just go to hell. Athynz will tell you it was the four year old boy’s fault and the dogs were just protecting blah blah blah. He is a sick village idiot. The rest of you are hardly any better.

    • manalishi

      “All of you pit bull defenders just go to hell.” Agreed. If it’s a good dog, so be it. First sign of aggression gets two to the head. Some D-tasters deny the primal aspects of animals. (and humans as well). We’ll argue a different topic later.

    • athynz

      I’d also tell them that you are a freaking idiot David but they can figure that one out. Congratulations you’ve actually managed to somewhat comment on the topic in a roundabout way. What I will not tell anyone is that it was the kid’s fault because it was not the kid’s fault – what kind of sick demented a-hole are you anyhow David? Oh brave keyboard warrior that you are.

    • athynz

      “TROLL
      I don’t need to prove anything to you Village Idiot.”

      IOW whiny Troll David cannot back his words up with any sort of fact. Imagine that.

      “I do not keep logs and notes on the commenters as you shown yourself doing. Most people have more of a life than to do something as perverse as that.”

      And yet you’ve managed to keep some sort of file on me to “know” my weight, my name… THAT is really perverse. That along with the fact that you cannot go without mentioning me in your comments speaks volumes. Why are you constantly stalking me David?

      “a 5 year old boy wandered into his neighbor’s yard and was killed by a pitbull. You went great lengths to congratulate the dog for protecting his territory.”

      That is a lie. Not that I’m surprised by this – all you can do is lie. What I said is that it’s not the breed of dog as some people think but how the dog is trained. It’s hardly my fault that you cannot comprehend the English language.

      “The killing of an innocent little boy was everyone’s fault except for the dog or it’s owner.”

      Nope. You may think that but it’s the fault of whoever trained the dog be it the owner or another person. Then again you have always twisted the truth just like your libpro messiah.

      “You are truely a piece of shyt fat boy. It must have been 2012 because I was in the Malaysian jungle helping to teach the MSF. I have wasted enough time on you idiot.”

      What must have been 2012? Was that when you first started talking shyt to me and I offered to meet you so you could actually man up for once and say to my face what you’ve been oh so bravely typing to me on your keyboard? But wait – you said you were not David – another lie then? You are chock full of them and full of shyt as well. And I have no issues telling you this and more to your face. So either take me up on my offer or just shut it and keep my name out of your mouth and off of your keyboard.

    • athynz

      And here I thought you said you said you “wasted enough time” on me – and yet you still keep running your mouth… Ah well, here we go again. I’ve already proven you lied time and time again and proven you wrong time and time again. Stop with the lies David. And this time keep your promise of not wasting any more time on me.

    • obbop

      If only the only people maimed or killed by those murdering mutts were the beasts’ owners the world would be a much better place.

      • Troll

        The Village Idiot blathers on with his rants and lies. His stupidity has grown old for a very long time. I especially like how the obese wannabe boy calls a veteran warrior a keyboard warrior. What a hoot.

      • athynz

        Anytime and anywhere you want to meet to say this to my face David – I’m willing to say what I say here to your face. The only “veteran warrior” you are is the one who uses his keyboard.

        And for once back up your words and prove that I lied. Go ahead boy, prove me wrong if you can. I’ll even sweeten the pot – you prove I lied I’ll give you what you wanted for the last couple of years and I’ll leave here. But instead you’ll sit behind your keyboard and sling insults like a monkey slings it’s poo and with nearly as much intelligence.

      • Troll

        I don’t need to prove anything to you Village Idiot. I do not keep logs and notes on the commenters as you shown yourself doing. Most people have more of a life than to do something as perverse as that.

        a 5 year old boy wandered into his neighbor’s yard and was killed by a pitbull. You went great lengths to congratulate the dog for protecting his territory. The killing of an innocent little boy was everyone’s fault except for the dog or it’s owner. You are truely a piece of shyt fat boy. It must have been 2012 because I was in the Malaysian jungle helping to teach the MSF. I have wasted enough time on you idiot.

      • Norma Jean

        Of course the major problem with pit bulls are the breed. Certain characteristics of the pit bull were intentionally bred into it by man. These traits include “gameness” , the way a bit bull will go for the kill and not give up until it is successful or dead, strong jaws, needle sharp teeth for ripping flesh and puncturing. There is no doubt at all the the dangerous traits of a pit bull were bred into it. That means the breed is dangerous. It is shocking that even many pit bull owners do not understand this breed.

      • athynz

        “NORMA JEAN
        Of course the major problem with pit bulls are the breed. Certain characteristics of the pit bull were intentionally bred into it by man. These traits include “gameness” , the way a bit bull will go for the kill and not give up until it is successful or dead, strong jaws, needle sharp teeth for ripping flesh and puncturing. There is no doubt at all the the dangerous traits of a pit bull were bred into it. That means the breed is dangerous. It is shocking that even many pit bull owners do not understand this breed.”

        And what you fail to realize is that those characteristics can be retrained. People said the exact same things about Dobermans, Rottreilers, German Shepherds… and now here we are with Pit Bulls. They are the in breed to hate now. And you ignorant sheep keep buying into this hate and blame the breed rather than those who train the dogs to be aggressive.

  • Katherine

    ‘Described as pit bulls’ most people can’t identify a true pit bull just because a dog has a huge head doesn’t make it a pit bull. Also, if all pits are bad dogs then what about the pit bulls who are service dogs? Or the one who alerted his deaf owner to the fire, or the one who stopped his owner from being attacked by her boyfriend? I have to pits who are service dogs and everyone we meet loves them.

  • krista

    Trishaanne, I’m with you. Definitely need more information. My initial instinct is that the story provided is too pat. How do you not hear doors opening or movement on the part of the dogs? I have two dogs that are crated and boy, when let out, you can hear their paws ascrambling from all over the house. What a tragic loss. This little cutie should have been home in bed.

  • AMommyof2

    I dont care how many nice pit bulls you’ve meet, the fact is, is that when they snap, they go for the kill. Its in their blood. While some pit bulls may have very high tolerance and patience, I personally still consider them a potential ticking time bomb. And you could argue that all dogs are, but not all dogs have the same killer instinct as pit bulls. I agree that more details are needed, but it does sound like a mistake on the part of ALL the adults for leaving a 4 year old alone. Kids can get into trouble very fast.

  • Charlene Thompson

    They should of given more info. Like how did the dogs get out of the crate? Have they been aggressive before? Is that why they were crated? Also why did the adults and a 15 year old have to go into the master bedroom to talk? I know some people who do that because they are doing something they do not want to do in front of the kids like smoking weed. I know some very awesome pit bulls that lived a long life and never had a mean bone in their body. I also have known a few who have attacked. I know most will not agree with me but not all pit bulls are aggressive like that. No I do not own one,

    • my3minis

      I’m not defending them but I’m not assuming they did something illegal, it sounds like they stepped out of the room to have a “grown up” discussion, possibly with the 15 year old and did not want the boy to hear. Then he could have let the dogs out of their crates and for one reason or another they snapped.
      The adults should not have left him unsupervised around the dogs, crated or not…I am sure they are aware of that now and would take it back if they could.

      • bonnie

        Ur reasoning is complete stupidity. To defend this attack “Because they got out of their cage or they left the rm.”. They arn’t lions or tigers!!! They r killer dogs!!

  • bonnie

    There r a lot of breeds that make gd svc dogs so using a “killer breed” is stupid. Pit Bulls scare the hell out of me and I grieve for the family of this child. So “they got out of their crate or they left the rm?”. What kind of insane reasoning is this? Like u can’t hv a normal life because u hv a pit bull and they hv to be watched constantly? They probably engage in pit bull fighting is my guess. What a horrible world we live in when the killing of a child can be justified! U r monsters!!

    • athynz

      Your post reeks of ignorance and fear – “killer breed”? Really? You are right in one thing – there is no justification for this child’s death, there is no way that the death of the child is the fault of the child. The blame lays squarely on the one who trained the dogs to be aggressive. Wow! what a concept – a dog can be trained! Yes indeed the aggressiveness can be trained or not trained in a dog. Imagine that!

  • bonnie

    Oh, u can lv ur child around my dog and all he will do is lick u to death!!! So, u see, I don’t hv to worry about killings, etc. I hv a golden retriever and they make grt svc dogs. They arn’t very gd killers, though.

  • bonnie

    THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE KILLING OF THIS CHILD OR PETS BECAUSE “They got out of their crate, ppl weren’t watching them, etc.”. The ownership of lions, tigers, etc. is illegal and there’s a reason for this!

    • athynz

      Pit Bulls are not lions, tigers, bears, oh my. They are dogs and the aggressive tendencies can be trained into them or out of them.

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