The family of a three-year-old boy from New Jersey who was mauled to death by a neighbor’s two pit bulls this week say the child’s mother, who was also critically injured in the attack, previously complained to the dog owners about their ‘wild’ pets, but her pleas were ignored.
Relatives and friends have identified the young victim in the incident that took place in Carteret on Tuesday as Aziz Ahmed.
The toddler’s father, Tanveer Ahmed, was filmed by CBS New York on Wednesday bursting into tears upon entering his home on Laurel Street. His wife remained hospitalized in critical condition.
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Aziz Ahmed, three, was mauled to death by a neighbor’s two pit bulls, which also badly injured his mother at their home in Carteret, New Jersey, on Tuesday
It is believed that these two pit bulls, Logan (left) and Rocky (right), were responsible for the mauling that killed the toddler
Tanveer Ahmed, Aziz’s father, was seen returning home with tears on his face on Wednesday
Aziz’s bright-red sneakers are pictured inside the family’s home on Thursday
The mauling took place in this yard, separated from the dog owner’s property by this fence
Family members of the mom, including her sister (L) and mother (C), console each other at the house in Cartetet on Thursday
A makeshift memorial made up of candles, flowers, balloons and stuffed animals, is seen outside the Ahmed family’s home
Relatives said Ahmed’s wife raised concerns with the pit bulls’ owners on two separate occasions in the past three months, arguing that they posed a potential threat.
‘The mother went to the neighbor two times to let her know the dog is wild. It’s out of hand. And you know, the owner laughed it off,’ one person said.
Photos taken at the scene on Thursday show cinder blocks and plastic tables resting against the fence separating Ahmed’s property from their neighbor’s, possibly in an attempt to keep the dogs out of the family’s yard.
Neighbors who spoke to ABC 7 NY also claimed that the pit bulls were known as a menace in the area.
‘Those pit bulls bit people all in this area,’ one person said. ‘I’m aware of certain houses, so I try to walk a different path when I know that they’re on that block.’
Another neighbor said she called the police about the dogs several times.
Social media posts associated with the man who lives at the home on Birch Street behind the Ahmed family’s house identified the two dogs as a black pit bull named Logan and a brown-and-white pit bull named Rocky.
So far, no charges have been filed against the dog owner.
At around 4.30pm on Tuesday, Aziz was playing in the backyard when the two pit bulls living on Birch Street directly behind the family’s house dug underneath the fence separating the two properties and lunged at him.
Aziz was playing in his backyard on Laurel Street in Carteret on Tuesday when a neighbor’s two dogs got in and attacked him
Aziz was airlifted to a hospital after Tuesday’s dog attack, but could not be saved
The animals managed to enter the yard through this fence separating the two properties, despite apparent efforts to block their way
A plastic table is seen resting against the fence separating the neighbors’ properties
A swing, chairs and toys are pictured in the Ahmed family’s yard two days after the attack
Jeet Devinder told ABC 7 NY he could hear the mother’s desperate cries ‘Help me! Help me!’ but no one came to call off the dogs. The family had only moved to Carteret from Brooklyn three months ago.
First responders who arrived on the scene found the victims with injuries so severe that they had to be airlifted to a hospital.
Aerial footage from NBC4 showed paramedics performing chest compressions on the child as he was being taken on a gurney to an awaiting Medivac helicopter. Aziz died a few hours later.
The mother remained hospitalized on Thursday with severe injuries. Her condition was not immediately known.
The boy’s mother suffered serious injuries as well as remained hospitalized on Wednesday
A neighbor who was familiar with the dogs said they never showed any signs of aggression before Tuesday. Pictured: A ‘Beware of The Dog” sign is affixed to the neighbor’s fence
A bag of dog food is seen on the front porch at the home of the pit bull’s owner
Several realistic-looking dog toys are seen on the porch at the home on Birch Street
Stickers depicting a pit bull and a Punisher skull are seen on the back of the dog owner’s Jeep
A long-time co-worker of the deceased Aziz’s father said the parents have three young sons.
‘They are from Pakistan originally and he’s a great family guy. He has three little boys,’ Jack Beyda told Patch. ‘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.’
Both dogs were reportedly shot by police officers at the scene of the attack. It is unclear whether their owner would face any criminal charges.
A neighbor who was familiar with the dogs said they never showed any signs of aggression prior to Tuesday.
Cartert Mayor Dan Reiman released a statement addressing the deadly dog attack.
‘Our prayers are with the family affected by a dog attack at a private residence on Laurel St,’ he wrote. ‘Thank you to the first responders who rushed in to attend to the victims, who are being transported by helicopter for emergency medical care. That’s all the information we have at this time.’
Reiman said that according to municipal records from the Carteret Board of Health, the dogs were not registered with the town, as is required by law.
Tanveer Ahmed’s employer, Coney Island Auto Parts in Brooklyn, started a GoFundMe campaign for the family.