Benjamin Cobb was killed when he was attacked by a dog his family was watching at his Hazel Park home.

Benjamin Cobb was killed when he was attacked by a dog his family was watching at his Hazel Park home.

Photo provided by Tiffany Bieniewicz


Boy, 4, killed in dog attack in Hazel Park

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published October 31, 2019

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"It’s a horrific tragedy"

Brian Buchholz, Hazel Park Police Chief

HAZEL PARK — A 4-year-old child is dead and his mother is injured following an attack by a dog in Hazel Park.

The attack occurred the evening of Oct. 29 while the boy’s family was watching a friend’s mixed-breed dog.

Police rushed to the scene upon receiving a call from the boy’s 14-year-old sister, who said that the dog was attacking the child and their mother was trying to stop it.

The 60-pound dog was still attacking upon police’s arrival at the home on Woodruff Avenue around 6:44 p.m. Police deployed stun guns to shock the dog, so that it backed off and fled the scene.

The dog had incurred multiple knife wounds from the mother in her attempts to save her son. Police located the dog outside the home, weakened from its injuries. The dog was subsequently euthanized at a local veterinary clinic.

The mother, 38, received injuries of her own and was expected to recover. Her son, Benjamin Cobb, was pronounced dead at the hospital from injuries to his body and neck.

“It’s a horrific tragedy,” Hazel Park Police Chief Brian Buchholz said. “This was a traumatic event for the first responders, so I cannot even imagine what the family is going through.”

A fundraising campaign has been started on GoFundMe to help support the family. The link to the campaign is gofundme.com/f/memorial-services-for-benjamin.

“On Oct. 29, 2019, we experienced a family’s worst nightmare when a dog took the life of Benjamin. No words can ever explain the depth of our love for him,” the fundraiser’s statement reads. “This has taken an unimaginable toll on our family, friends, and all those who knew our sweet boy.”

The statement notes that “a dog that was said to have never shown aggressive behaviors has turned into a horrifying loss for our family,” and that “we have learned that we are far from alone in our struggle, as diligent and loving parents from all walks of life have suffered this catastrophic loss under similar horrifying circumstances.”

The statement concludes by saying that “prayers, thoughts, positive wishes, and any donations to the family are welcome at this time.”

At press time, the campaign had already raised $7,000 toward its $10,000 goal.

The police chief said that the department work was still ongoing at press time.

“Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of Benjamin,” Buchholz said last week. “We are continuing to investigate the history of the dog.”

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