Man arrested after dog pack attacks nine-year-old boy

    A Texarkana man is being held in Bowie County jail after his dogs allegedly attacked a nine-year-old boy, leaving him with severe injuries.

    59-year-old Ray Lee Cockrell had been repeatedly warned by law enforcement about the large pack of dogs that were allowed to roam loose.  The boy was attacked while walking to his grandparent’s home on September 5 with a group of friends when the pack grew violent. 

    The victim was transported to a local hospital and a 12-year-old relative provided police with an eyewitness account.

    Cockrell had been repeatedly warned about his dogs by police, who had received numerous complaints from neighbors.

    On July 12, a neighbor complained about a group of five dogs, allegedly Cockrell’s, getting into a pen on his property and killing one of his dogs.

    A horse owner reported that two animals suffered injuries on July 13 after dogs attacked their necks and legs.  Cockrell was served with a “dogs dangerous to animals” notice by police.

    A man on a scooter had sent in a complaint August 13 about the dogs after they chased him, tearing at his pants.  As deputies were responding to that call, another came in about the dogs attacking another horse owned by the same individual from the previous attack in the area, leaving it with punctures in its flanks.

    Deputies were forced to shoot at a group of more than 12 dogs after responding to a call on August 25 from a couple being threatened by the animals on south State Line Avenue, near Cockrell’s Hickory Wood Drive property.

    Police arrested Cockrell on charges of injury to a child by omission and assault with bodily injury.  He is being held in Bowie County jail on a $100,000 bond with an additional $5,000 bond for resisting arrest.

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