A mother “fought with all she had” to try to save her three-year-old son as he was mauled to death by their neighbour’s dogs in a brutal attack.
A mother “fought with all she had” to try and save her toddler as he was mauled to death by their neighbour’s pit bulls in a brutal attack.
The tragic incident unfolded at 4.30pm on Tuesday ET, as three-year-old Aziz Ahmed was playing in the backyard of his family’s home in Carteret, New Jersey.
The two pit bulls, who live in a property directly behind that of the Ahmed family, managed to squeeze beneath a fence separating the two homes and began attacking Aziz, The Sun reports.
His mother, who has not yet been named, raced to pull the dogs off of her son and “fought with all she had to save him”, a GoFundMe page set up for the family claims.
Aziz’s 10-year-old brother called emergency services as his mum grappled with the two canines.
By the time first responders arrived, both Aziz and his mother had suffered “severe” injuries, officials said. The boy was airlifted to an area hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries just hours later.
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Aerial footage captured by ABC7 earlier showed paramedics performing chest compressions on the toddler as he was being taken on a gurney to an awaiting medical helicopter.
His mother, meanwhile, remains in hospital in a critical condition.
“The young mother fought with all she had to save her little boy. Despite her efforts to save her son, his injuries were too severe even with the help of first responders. Little Aziz could not be saved,” a post on the GoFundMe reads.
“As for Aziz’s mother she is still fighting for her life and will never full (sic) recover form (sic) the scars she now has to live with.”
Aziz’s father, Tanveer Ahmed, was filmed by CBS-NYbreaking down in tears as he returned to his home on Wednesday evening, and saw a pair of red sneakers belonging to his son in the doorway.
The fundraiser, which has so far raised more than $US23,000 of its $US250,000 target, identified him as an employee of Coney Island Auto Parts who had recently moved with his family from Brooklyn to New Jersey.
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“I never had the honour of meeting little Aziz but I do know his father Tanveer who is a hardworking man and just recently moved his family from Brooklyn NY to New Jersey for a better life,” the post continues.
“Tanveer is loved by his co-workers and truly an asset to the company. We (are) calling upon the kindness of family, friends and strangers to help the Ahmed family in this difficult time.”
Tanveer has not yet spoken publicly on the death of his son, but his distraught relatives told local media that the family had previously pleaded with the owners of the pit bulls that they were dangerous.
“The mother went to the neighbour two times to let her know the dog is wild. It’s out of hand. And you know, the owner laughed it off,” one relative, who wished not to be named, told CBS-NY.
“It cost an innocent child his life,” another added. “If you’re not safe in your own yard, where are you safe at?”
The relatives said the two dogs live directly behind the East Laurel Street home of the Ahmeds, on Birch Street.
“They dug their way in, and they weren’t provoking the dog. She constantly told the neighbours that these dogs are an issue,” one relative said.
Witness Jeet Devinder told ABC7 NY he could hear the mother desperately calling out, “Help me! Help me!” during the Tuesday evening attack but nobody came to call off the dogs.
“She was just yelling about the dogs, you know, and shouting so … I was too late,” he said.
Both of the pit bulls were euthanised by police at the scene, officials have confirmed.
Neither of the dogs had been registered with the town as required by law, municipal records show.
So far, no criminal charges have been levelled against the dogs’ owners. However, that may change with an investigation into the fatal incident ongoing.
Other neighbours told local media that the dogs had been a menace in the community for some time leading up to the attack. “Those pit bulls bit people in this area,” one told ABC7. “I’m aware of certain houses, so I try to walk a different path when I know they’re on that block.”
Jack Beyda, a longtime co-worker of the deceased boy’s father, broke down in tears as he arrived at the home to pay his respects on Wednesday morning, Patch reported.
“I worked with him for over 12 years. They are from Pakistan originally and he’s a great family guy. He has three little boys,” he said of the boy’s father.
“He’s very, very hardworking. He worked very hard to provide for his family and he saved up enough money to move out here from Brooklyn; he saved up enough to buy this little house.”
The boy’s father is stationed at Coney Island Auto Parts’ Carteret warehouse, Mr Beyda said.
“I went around to all our clients this morning and people have been giving money to pay for the funeral,” he said through tears. “One guy gave me $200.”
Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman wrote in a statement: “As a small community, our Carteret family mourns the heart-wrenching loss of our young neighbour. We pray for this young mother and family in this time of unimaginable grief.”
An investigation into Tuesday night’s violent incident remains ongoing.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission