A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy has been mauled to death by a pack of dogs that left his mother critically wounded.
The two were staying in an RV in the small town of Gibson when Kellan decided to leave their residence Saturday evening. They are both non-tribal members of the community.
When he did not return for a few minutes, his mom decided to go looking for him and made a horrific discovery, Fort Hall police said per Sho-Ban News.
She found two Rottweilers and two mixed breeds owned by their neighbors mauling the young child who was lying face down in the front porch area of the home.
The brave mother threw herself onto her son and shielded him from the crazed pack which began to viciously attack her instead.
Fort Hall police received reports of an unconscious child with unknown injuries at around 5.30pm.
By the time they arrived, the two were getting medical care from an ambulance that took them both to Portneuf Medical Center.
It was at the hospital that Kellan was tragically declared dead from his injuries.
Samantha Lenay, who organized a GoFundMe to raise funds for the mom, wrote that Emily “was fighting for her life,” in a heartbreaking statement.
“I know Emily, and I know she did everything in her power to protect Kellan from that attack.
“She is an amazing woman and mother and sacrificed herself to try and save her little boy.”
Lenay confirmed that Emily has a daughter who “thankfully was not there when the attack took place.”
Neighbors Benjamin Dominick Wolfchild and Juliana Wolfchild owned the four dogs but weren’t home when the attack occurred.
The animals were shot and killed by Fort Hall Police and Fort Hall Game Warden.
The two have been hit with 15 violations of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Animal Ordinance, including rabies vaccination, animal attack, and over the limit of canine or feline pets.
Fort Hall authorities, the FBI, the FHPD, and Tribal Fish and Game are investigating this case.
The couple could be hit with federal charges based on the decision of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“This is a tragic situation for the family and my heart goes out to them,” said Bannock County Coroner Torey Danner, according to the Idaho State Journal.
“To lose a child is every parent’s worst nightmare.
“This situation is very difficult to understand and my thoughts are prayers are with them in this tough time.”