Toddler mauled to death by family's dogs after falling from window in New Jersey

Police in New Jersey were called to the home on Wednesday.
Police in New Jersey were called to the home on Wednesday. Photo credit: ABC7

A three-year-old boy has died after he fell out of a window and was mauled by a pack of dogs in the backyard.

Police say they were called to the house in Elizabeth, New Jersey just after 5:25pm on Wednesday (local time) where the child was found with serious injuries, NBC reports. The boy had fallen from a rear window and was attacked by the family's two dogs that were in a fenced-in area.

He was taken to nearby Trinitas Regional Medical Center but he was pronounced dead just after 6:30pm.

Neighbours who witnessed the traumatic incident say it was horrible to see the young boy's mother try to pull the dogs off him.

"My heart is broken. I didn't sleep all night," neighbour Maria Rocha told ABC7.

Other locals say the dogs were always a terror and the backyard where the attack happened is full of faeces, motorcycles, and debris.

"I cannot believe this happened to a little three-year-old," Rocha said. "He's a baby. Could be mine, could be somebody else. He's a baby, and killed by dogs?"

Police say the circumstances are under investigation, but no charges have been filed yet.

A local animal control organisation responded to the scene and secured the dogs, which have since been moved to another location.