ORANGE COUNTY – A five-year-old died as a result of his injuries from a pitbull attack on Sunday, October 18.
Tanner Smith was with his mother visiting a family friend at a home in the 1700 block of Aloha Street near Vidor. The tragic incident occurred around 7pm. Deputies responding on the scene learning that Tanner’s mother believed that her son was outside with her friend’s husband. Upon realizing the husband wasn’t home, she rushed outside to find Tanner injured by dogs that belonged to the homeowner.
EMS arrived at the house and immediately began life-saving measures. Tanner was taken to a hospital in Beaumont, but eventually succumbed to his injures. The dogs were put down by the husband after learning about the attack. The same pit bulls were quarantined for 10 days in February after they bit a nine-year-old girl, but the injuries did not meet the criteria under Texas law to deem the dogs dangerous.
The attack happened two days prior to his sixth birthday.
There is an ongoing investigation, but officials in the sheriff’s office don’t expect any criminal charges to be filed since the dogs were appropriately confined to their fenced-in yard.