Boy killed in dog attack is identified
Published: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the 6-year-old boy who was attacked and killed by two pit bulls at his aunt’s home just outside of Fanning Springs Thursday.
Meantime, the two dogs involved in the attack were scheduled to be euthanized by Levy County Animal Control Friday afternoon, authorities said.
Joel Chirieleison, the son of Joel Claar and Kristy Chirieleison, had been staying at his aunt’s house while his father was at work.
The 6-year-old’s aunt, Heather Claar, dropped his father off at work Thursday morning and took Joel to her home at 7297 NW 162nd St. to keep an eye on him — an arrangement that had been going on for weeks, said Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum.
Heather Claar let Joel outside to play, and her two pit bulls followed. She had owned the dogs for two years and hadn’t had a problem with them prior to the attack, authorities said.
While Claar was inside watching TV, the dogs attacked Joel, sheriff’s authorities said. Joel died on the driveway outside his aunt’s home, authorities added.
Officers seized the two pit bulls involved in the attack, and the dogs’ owners signed a consent form allowing the animals to be euthanized Friday, said McCallum. Four other dogs were seized at the property, but they are likely to be returned to the aunt.
Before releasing Joel’s identity on Friday, the Sheriff’s Office had been waiting until they had notified Joel’s mother, who lives in a different Florida county and couldn’t be reached at her listed phone number.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.