Published: Aug 19, 2014 1:08 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The Department of Children and Families had warned of the "smell and danger" of six "untrained dogs" living in a home three years before a 4-year-old boy was mauled to death.
The Miami Herald ( ) reports an unidentified caller told the agency that the dogs posed a safety threat for the children in the home south of Miami. When investigators visited the home, the child's father Javon Dade, told them the dogs didn't belong to him. The body of Javon Dade Jr. was found in  overgrown grass in the family's back yard after he was reported missing on Aug 13.
DCF interim Secretary Mike Carroll says the agency's performance has improved since the first contact with Dade in 2011.
Dade has been fined $1,040 for violating the county's dog ordinance.
Information from: The Miami Herald,

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