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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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meemeepit March 02 2014 at 6:25 PM

HOW about leaving the OWNER outside all the time….cold-----hot whatever what aSCHMUCK..

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rude March 02 2014 at 8:10 PM

If this dog attacked twice before why wasn't he put down then? This should have never happened. The owner should be jailed for many years. Justice for these two young boys.

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Hello Bill March 02 2014 at 10:44 PM

What a Jerk!!!! Leaving your dog out in New Jersey weather! And when kids or anybody tease's a dog, that dog remembers just which people did the teaseing. They will pass up other kids, to get to the one that that he remembers taunting him......

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Mia047 Hello Bill March 02 2014 at 11:07 PM

Hell Bill you are so very right. As I have been reding the comments people are so darn stupid they keep referring to Trigger as a Pitt. He was a BullMastif. They are easily trained and used in the Mid East since their coat is thin and can handle heat. My son trained with one for 2 years prior to being paired for 16 years. Sadly his partner was killed saving my son. The parents are at fault 100%. I have my boy back thanks to one of these beautiful animals. I am willing to bet Triggres owner had him to protect himself from trash. Wonder what time of day this occurred. PARENTS TEACH YOUR CHILDREN RESPECT FOR PEOPLE AND ANIMALS> This is the result

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Jusus82306 March 02 2014 at 6:35 PM


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rosssl March 02 2014 at 6:36 PM

owner shud b tried for murder

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BILLY March 02 2014 at 6:36 PM

This dog is not an American Pit Bull Terrier.It looks to be a BullMastiff .Or a Presa Canrio.
The owner was the problem here.

In the last 30 years i have owned American Bulldogs,Pit bulls,Pit bullmixes and English bulldogs.
They need a great deal off attention and love.And like all large dogs need to be kept away from strangers always.

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lilsmartypntz March 03 2014 at 9:18 AM

What a terrible thing to happen to those boys. The article said the dog was neglected by the owner and teased by kids, but it didn't say THESE kids did it. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The owner deserves jail time and should pay the families restitution. I can't imagine what the families are going thru right now.

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Elizabeth lilsmartypntz March 03 2014 at 9:20 AM

Not all the money in the world can help the parents of these young people.

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Nobear March 02 2014 at 6:37 PM

throw the book at owner In the words of OBAMA (period)

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kcarthey March 02 2014 at 8:09 PM

The owner of this dog should be found guilty of Second Degree Murder. A similar incident happened to a friend of mine who was pretty much eaten by a dog known to be dangerous. That dogs owners went to prison for a long, long time.

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mzladysmiling kcarthey March 02 2014 at 8:11 PM

As he should have, and this guy should also.....

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countryboy040150 March 02 2014 at 6:38 PM

the owner should be held accountable! People should take responsability for their pets.

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