A 3-year-old boy was killed Friday afternoon after being attacked by a dog in the north Alabama town of New Hope.

Multiple agencies responded to a call from T. R. Christian Road in New Hope just before 5:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found that a dog had attacked a child, who was pronounced dead. The agencies included the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Owens Cross Road Police Department, and the New Hope Police Dept.

It was the second death in Alabama this week of a young child killed by a dog. Four-year-old Beau Clark had been killed Monday by a dog in the north Alabama town of Hartselle. He reportedly rode his bike to a nearby neighbor's house. The child knew the neighbors, who were friends of his family. He had been to the home frequently and was familiar with the dog which attacked.

Beau Clark was transported to Decatur-Morgan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Funeral services were Friday at Danville Baptist Church.

His parents are Kevin Clark and Hailey Johnson Clark of Hartselle.

No further information is available on the March 1 death.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at ZeiglerElderCare@yahoo.com.

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