ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police in Kotzebue have killed a dog believed to have killed a 5-year-old boy over the weekend.

Police tracked and captured the husky-mix dog near where the boy's body was found, the Anchorage Daily News reported (

"(The dog) was determined to be the animal that had attacked and killed the child," police chief Eric Swisher said Monday in a statement.

Jordan Lee Reed was found dead early Sunday in field on the outskirts of Kotzebue. He was reported missing Saturday night.

Police said the boy had been playing in front of his family's home that evening.

Kotzebue Mayor Nathan Kotch has said loose dogs have been an increasing problem in the town of about 3,200 people, located about 550 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The state Bureau of Vital Statistics says it's the fifth time a canine has killed a child in the last 10 years in Alaska.

Children are also most susceptible to dog bites, the Alaska Trauma Registry says. The registry, which tracks serious injuries, says over the last five years, there's been an average of 23 dog bits. Children under the age of 4 was the age group most injured.


Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News,

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