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‘Blood-curdling screams’ as boy, 7, killed by dog family rescued weeks earlier

A seven-year-old boy was killed by his pet dog which had only been rescued three weeks before.

James McNeelis was playing outside his home in Oklahoma, USA, with the corgi and Shetland sheepdog mix on Wednesday evening when he suddenly disappeared.

When he failed to answer calls to come home for dinner, his worried family called the emergency services, the Daily Mail reports.

A neighbour said they heard “blood-curdling” screams of “no”, as James’ body was found by his father Michael at 7:35pm, with the boy declared dead at the scene.

Creek County Sheriff, Bret Bowling, who’s working alongside the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office investigating the event, told KOCO: “It doesn’t look like foul play.

“Our preliminary indications or investigations indicate it’s some kind of animal.”

They said the dog had not shown any signs of aggression and is now being held at an animal control facility, but it is still unclear if it will be euthanised.

The family had rescued the pooch just three weeks prior, after it had been “dumped on the side of the road”.

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Michael took to Facebook to pay tribute to his young son, writing: “He was so full of life and light and he was going to change the world. And he still is. His light will change the world.

“We feel alone and lost without him and we’re doing all we can but it’s just hard. Everything just hurts without my little boy here.”

Neighbour, Shannon Edinson, told KOTV she was celebrating a birthday on her porch when she heard screams coming from the McNeelis’ house.

She said: “We knew something was wrong.

"As a mother, you know that scream. If anybody has ever heard that scream, you know that scream. Something was catastrophically wrong.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up by James' mother, Hannah Markley, in order to help the family with the costs of the memorial, with more than $5,000 having been raised so far.

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