JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The family of a newborn boy is mourning his death after he was attacked by the family dog.
The Department of Children and Families tells Action News they are investigating the child's death. It happened at a home in Arlington. Halloween decorations hang from the front porch of the home. Family and friends are gathering around grieving parents inside. The little boy's father tells Action News a dog attacked and killed his son.
Michael Shannon is a neighbor and says he can't imagine what they're going through. "It's sad, really sad."
Shannon is a father too, and also owns a pitbull. He worries this attack will continue to give the breed a bad name. "I have a pitbull. He's the sweetest dog in the world. I have a two-year-old. He plays with it, but it depends on who raises the dog," said Shannon.
Now as investigators are trying to figure out what happened, Shannon says parents just need to be more cautious with young children and pets. "It's sad. People just need to raise their dogs better," said Shannon.
A spokesperson with DCF tells Action News parents should be careful when they have their kids around any type of dog. The child's father tells Action News, animal control put down the dog Monday morning.