Another apparent case of a pet that snapped because of its living conditions and the troubled relationship with humans.
A 13-year-old New Jersey boy was mauled to death in a horrific attack by a 115-pound bull mastiff that got loose and went after the teen and his friend, police reported.
Kenneth Santillan was walking down a street near the Passaic River in Paterson, N.J., Feb. 28 when he and a friend came under attack by a giant bull mastiff that had escaped the fenced yard it was held in, Paterson police said.
Santillan’s body was found near an icy stream at around 11 p.m. that night, dead apparently from wounds inflicted by the dog. An autopsy is being carried out to determine the cause of his death.
Paul Clarke, who owned the dog, named “Trigger,” reportedly stabbed the animal repeatedly during the attack in an attempt to subdue it, suffering bite wounds himself. The dog was later euthanized and its body will be tested for rabies, police said.
Santillian’s friend who was with him as the attack happened was also attacked but managed to get away with minor bite wounds. Neighbors say the dog was left out even during freezing temperatures and but the chain link fence was inadequate to keep the large dog in.
Neighbors also said Santillian and other local boys would sometimes taunt and throw stones at the dog and it would get aggressive whenever they walked by. The article does not make it clear how the boy made it far away from the scene instead of receiving immediate medical attention.
So it makes sense the dog would attack when it got out as it saw the boys as a threat. Who is at fault here? Of course people will blame the dog but people made him what he was.
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