The toddler who was mauled to death by dogs at a NSW country motel on Tuesday has been identified by media as Jyedon Pollard.
The boy's mother, Kesha Pollard, had reportedly been living at the Country Gardens Motel in Cowra with her three children — Jyedon and his two sisters — when he was set upon by a rottweiler and a cattle dog. The horrific incident took place in front of Jyedon's mum and sisters.
A family member told the Daily Telegraph the dogs — which reportedly belonged to motel staff — charged at the boy and could not be stopped. Emergency services were called to the motel just before 10.30am on Tuesday following reports a toddler had been bitten. The two-year-old boy suffered serious injuries to his face and neck and was rushed to Cowra hospital before being flown to Westmead Hospital in Sydney where he later died.
Family's heartbreak: 'Freakish attack'
The children had reportedly played with the dogs before without any problems. A family member described it as a "freakish attack" that happened "for no known reason," it's been reported.
"He’s the most precious and beautiful kid, no one can believe it’s happened to him," a relative told the Daily Telegraph. NSW Police Superintendent Bob Noble said the boy’s mother is "distraught" after witnessing the attack.
"The child’s mother, who was with the child, was distraught, as you could imagine," he said. "It’s a very sensitive issue … we’re very concerned for the family and relatives, we just want to extend some understanding to the community at this time."
Friends and family have shared touching tributes on Ms Pollard's Facebook page on a photo of Jyedon as a baby.
"Thinking of you and your family," one wrote. "Thinking of u and the girls hun," said another. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help support Jyedon's family.
Police said the two dogs were seized by local council rangers and a crime scene has been established as investigations continue.
The Country Gardens Motor Inn has listed on its website that pets are not allowed. Yahoo News Australia contacted the Country Gardens Motor Inn but the motel declined to comment.
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