Taunted dog attacked and killed child

Another apparent case of a pet that snapped because of its living conditions and the troubled relationship with humans.

Vicious Dog Attack Leaves 13-Year-Old Boy Dead – ABC News.

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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  4 comments for “Taunted dog attacked and killed child

  1. Lee
    March 14, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    This reminds me of the incident that took place at S.F. zoo when 3 intoxicated as well as high individuals decided to taunt and harass a tigress named Tatiana just after the zoo had closed for the day. She responded as any animal would, she got pissed. She was able to escape the tiger grotto and kill one of the idiots and tracked the other two to the zoo café. Of course Tatiana was killed. In this instance why kill the animals for 3 men being complete and utter imbeciles and bringing the wrath of a full grown tiger upon themselves. I felt no sympathy for them, only the tiger.

  2. Brian
    March 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Of course it’s the dog’s fault. Never the person who does the taunting, just like people who are such soulless, mean, miserable things, that when they taunt and hurt people, and the person who is the target finally blows their top, it’s NEVER the taunter’s fault, and there is even weeping and gnashing of teeth when the taunters gets their due.

    I’m sorry the dog had to endure that.

    • Frederick
      March 16, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      Agreed, but maybe the dog was aggressive already, because his master train him like that ( or he has neglected him, yes i use Him to talk about the dog, it is not a object) , so it his also his fault, the dog his as much victims of his training and as the kids were. I don’t want to blame the kids really, the are kids, we all done stupid things when we were kids, even thing our parents educated us “Not to do”. Although at 13 years old, it is old enough to know that taunting a aggressive dog is not a good idea.
      In any case, it is super sad :-(

  3. March 16, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    A related story from Arizona.

    Again, not the dog’s fault. But the kid paid a price. Mauling of Phoenix boy keys debate over fate of pit bull. http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20140311pit-bull-mauling-phopenix-boy-debate-over-fate.html

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