Dog that killed Paterson teen was a ticking time bomb, neighbors say

Dog that killed Paterson teen was a ticking time bomb, neighbors say
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By Seth Augenstein and David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger

PATERSON — The giant dog was a ticking time bomb for more than a year, neighbors said.

‘Trigger,’ a 115-pound bull mastiff that neighbors said was left outside in all weather and was often taunted by children, broke free of its backyard fence Friday afternoon and mauled two 13-year-old boys, killing one and injuring the other.

Yesterday, residents of Hillcrest — a middle-class, city enclave of single-family homes, manicured lawns and trimmed hedges — recalled a night of bloodshed, desperate searching and the discovery of 13-year-old Kenneth Santillan’s body just before midnight Friday in an icy neighborhood stream, authorities said.

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Police ID Paterson boy as victim of fatal dog attack
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PATERSON — Law enforcement officials today identified the victim of a fatal dog attack as a 13-year-old Paterson boy.

Paterson Police Sgt. David Rios said Kenneth Santilla was the teenager mauled and killed by a 115-pound bull mastiff on Friday night. Family members, however, said the boy’s last name is Santillan.

The dog named “Trigger” also injured another 13-year-old boy, who police have not yet identified.

After the attack, friends and family of the dead teen searched the neighborhood for Kenneth until they found him after 11 p.m. on a nearby riverbank, authorities said.

John DeCando, Paterson’s animal control officer, said the dog was humanely euthanized and the animal’s remains have been sent to Trenton to test for rabies.

The owner of the dog, who police today identified as 50-year-old Paul Clarke of Paterson, was also wounded and had stabbed the animal several times before the dog was killed by authorities, according to officials.

DeCando said the dog was in grave condition before he was euthanized. “He was actually bleeding to death,” he said.

DeCando said his heart went out to the family of the victim.

He said he has grandchildren that age. “It rips you apart. It should have never happened………………….continues on The Star-Ledger
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