Funeral for 7-year-old who died after dog mauling to be held Saturday

CREEK COUNTY, Okla. — Michael and Hannah McNeelis say the last two week have been a nightmare they can’t wake up from. October 20th, their pride and joy, James McNeelis, 7, died after being attacked by a dog picked up by his grandmother.

Michael, Hannah, and James lived with Hannah’s mother. Hannah says her mom picked up a couple of stray dogs, something she’s done before, to keep them from being run over on the country road they live on.

The dog never showed signs of aggression. James named the dog Max. Since the attack the dog has been taken by authorities to animal control. FOX23 checked with investigators on the status of that dog, but haven’t heard back.

McNeelis says they’re not sure what type of dog it was. It was a dog that had been dumped off.

“It was about knee height, white hair fluffy, it’s face looked kind of like a collie, a sheep dog type breed,” said McNeelis.

James loved science and was really passionate about climate change. His parents say he wasn’t your typical seven-year-old.

“It’s hard, it’s hard to even want to get out of bed and do stuff. HE wanted us to be happy and healthy at all times. So I’m still trying because I know that’ll make him happy,” said McNeelis.

James’ memorial service is set for November 13th at Linden Street Christian Church in Sapulpa.

The family is raising money for James’ memorial fund. Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so here.