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New Jersey Teen Killed After Dog Attack

New Jersey Teen Killed After Dog Attack
Neighbors say it was a ticking time bomb.

Police in Paterson, New Jersey say one teen is dead after this 115-pound bull mastiff attacked him, then seriously injured another boy. (Via News 12 New Jersey)

"Two 13-year-old boys were walking down the street when the dog somehow got loose and went on the attack.... During the attack, police say the boys split up running in different directions." (Via WOOD)

One of the boys' bodies was later found near a creek. Because of their ages, police haven't identified the victims, but neighbors say the dog - named "Trigger" - was known to be vicious.

One told The New Jersey Star-Ledger its owner always left it outside no matter the weather and never exercised it. Neighborhood children apparently teased and taunted Trigger often.

Animal control did put the dog down and will be testing it for rabies. One neighbor told KYW-TV this isn't Trigger's first attack.

"It's not an isolated incident incident. It happened twice and the owner should be held accountable for that."

But so far the owner hasn't faced any charges, and in fact News 12 New Jersey reports the owner had tried intervening in the attack.

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badgl6 March 02 2014 at 6:55 PM

The dog was not on a restraint? The teens were attacked in a "public" area? Whether or not there was evidence of previous incident(s), if the facts presented in this article are true, the owner is liable criminally and civilly. He hasn't been charged? What a crazy ****ing world we live in!

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mommamiller March 03 2014 at 6:21 AM

Sadly, that was a beautiful mastiff, known for having a calm demeanor, but when animals are mistreated, they can become vicious. What a terrible story. That poor child. My heart goes out to his family.

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keithj77441 mommamiller March 03 2014 at 6:37 AM

so many mistreated mastiffs........no other breeds are mistreated

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Janie keithj77441 March 03 2014 at 6:55 AM

Sometimes literacy helps...

She didn't say "no other breeds are mistreated."

You did.

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rn2long62 March 02 2014 at 7:05 PM

What a horrific way to die, being attacked by an animal. My heart goes out to the family and the friend who survived. He may suffer from survivor guilt as well as mourning the loss of his friend.
The dog owner by all accounts is ultimately responsible for his dog and must face the most serious of punishments. RIP young man

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Jeremy Baran rn2long62 March 02 2014 at 7:11 PM

Think about bad parents, if your 10 yr old child stabs and kills someone are you as a parent responsable.

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ka3ty Jeremy Baran March 02 2014 at 7:21 PM

Hey Jeremy, keeping a child is not a choice having any dog is a choice and a dangerous dog is even a worse choice the owner needs to do serious time.

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zuluwarrior225 March 02 2014 at 7:09 PM

The sheer size and strength of this dog is enough to be potentially dangerous! However, any dog that is not socialized properly (chihuahua or Saint Bernard!) with attack and/or bite! Also, if the dog is trained for specific purposes, legitimate or not, it will just do what it's supposed to do. And then there is the dog that has been fine all along & then, without any warning, becomes a crazed & crazy animal. No matter what, IT IS AN ANIMAL & therefore mostly unpredictable!

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realfloopyguy zuluwarrior225 March 02 2014 at 7:22 PM

I've never even heard of a dog that just snapped one day and went on a killing spree. Stop making things up.

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LOVE = TONI zuluwarrior225 March 02 2014 at 7:26 PM

it sounds like your blamingthe dog it the owner

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zuluwarrior225 March 02 2014 at 7:15 PM

If someone picks the most aggressive dog of every litter & breeds them & then again picks the most aggressive of that bunch, they'll end up a dog with the genetic tendency & propensity for aggressive behavior. That's how irresponsible or ignorant owners and/or breeders mess up with evolution & it comes back to bite them in the arse (pun intended!).

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realfloopyguy zuluwarrior225 March 02 2014 at 7:18 PM

Bull mastifs aren't violent dogs. Your entire comment is based off of something that didn't happen and an ignorance of reality. Congratulations.

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zuluwarrior225 realfloopyguy March 02 2014 at 7:27 PM

Unfortunately I was not commenting on something that DID happen but on something that COULD happen. And obviously, THIS Bull mastiff WAS VIOLENT! Maybe if you put your own lack of knowledge aside & think before you speak, you may not come across as an ignoramus yourself!

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Lillian March 03 2014 at 6:18 AM

This is the first time I read most of the comments and agree w/ what others are saying. The dog was abused, maybe not physically but mentally and had no human interaction. The "owner" left this poor thing outside, no matter what. The kids taunted him and one day, he snapped. The same thing happened to me when I was about 11 years old. I would run up and down the alley and tease a dog, I think a pit. ONe day I'm in his yard and the dog sniffed me and then bit me. Thank God it wasn't serious, but I knew it was my fault. After that, I learned to respect dogs. This story sucks!!! poor dog, horrible life and death.. Waht about the owner??

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John Lillian March 03 2014 at 7:05 AM


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jacksonbrown151 March 03 2014 at 6:14 AM

Labs don't do this.

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Dan March 02 2014 at 7:22 PM

All responsibility lies with the owner; pretty simple. If more owners of aggressive dogs were held liable and faced heavy penalties, you would hear much less about these incidents.

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rhill65 March 03 2014 at 6:12 AM

Absolutely NO sympathy here for the dog's owner. I hope he gets sued and also jail time. Two kids attacked, one killed because its owner wanted to have this type dog as a pet.

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qmcsm004 rhill65 March 03 2014 at 6:16 AM

Totally agree.

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Janie March 03 2014 at 6:08 AM

Let's see...an "owner" who never exercised a 115-pound Bull Mastiff, always left him outside by himself no matter what the weather, knew that neighborhood kids taunted and teased the dog often -- because they could...and now the dog gets loose, goes nuts and ends up chasing down and killing a perceived enemy -- a kid. Why should this come as a surprise??? The owner hasn't faced any charges...and tried to intervene in the attack??? Oh, please! That's no responsible, innocent owner! He should be put away for good and get the same treatment he gave -- neglect, abuse and torment!

You don't just try to "intervene" when something happens...you do what it takes to make sure you never would have to. Like socializing, training and caring about the dog throughout its lifetime -- whether it be a Chihuahua or a Bull Mastiff.

Just like any gun in the wrong hand is any dog in the wrong hand, where too often some innocent person ends up reaping what an idiot has sewn. And unfortunately, this time it was a young boy AND this dog who ended up paying the ultimate price because of it.

Prayers to this boy's family!

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