Boy identified as victim in fatal pit bull attack in Corinna

Hunter Bragg (CTSY: Jennifer Mcclure)

CORINNA (WGME) -- Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton says a 7-year-old boy was attacked and killed by an adult male pit bull in Corinna Saturday.

The sheriff was tight-lipped Monday afternoon, but identified the boy as 7-year-old Hunter Bragg of Bangor. He says the boy was playing outside when an adult male pit bull attacked him.

It happened at a home on Moody's Mills Road in Corinna.

"Hunter was playing in the yard with two other children when he was attacked," Morton said.

On a GoFundMe page started by his family, hunter is remembered for his huge smile and bubbly personality.

Morton says hunter's dad, Jason Bragg was inside the house at the time of the attack.

He says the pit bull belongs to the homeowner, 45-year-old Gary Merchant.

"Following the attack the owner requested the dog be euthanized by an area veterinarian," Morton said.

The town manager says Merchant has seven dogs registered, but the one responsible for the attack was not.

She says Merchant had been watching the dog for someone else the past few months and not knowing how much longer he'd have it, wouldn't necessarily get it licensed.

The sheriff wouldn't answer questions about whether the dog or owner have been involved in similar incidents in the past.

He says this investigation is still ongoing.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with expenses.

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