A 115 pound bullmastiff named Trigger escaped from his fenced in yard in Paterson, New Jersey and attacked two 13 year-old boys as they walked home from school last Friday.
One of those boys, Kenneth Santillan, was found dead several hours later. His body partially submerged in a Brook behind a row of houses on Sherwood Avenue in Paterson.
The other boy who was attacked, and is still unnamed, was bitten in the hand but was able to escape in the opposite direction.
Nusrat Islam lives one house down from where the bullmastiff resides, and she says the enormous dog constantly stands on top of a silver car in the back yard barking at her and her family.
“If they see the dog they go straight inside. We never stare at the dog. Never, never, never. They’re scared of the dog. Even my husband, if he sees the dog there, he’s gonna walk ten miles to the other side,” she explained.
Islam also said that the owner, Paul Clarke, was a nice guy in her experience. Another neighbor, Ed Clarke, no relation to Paul, said that the dog must have been instigated to become so violent.
“The dogs very friendly. I’ve actually interacted with the dog a couple times when the owner used to walk it in the summertime. Dogs pretty friendly. The owner kept it under control on a leash at all times. He kept it in the back yard,” he said.
The dog owner, Paul Clarke, was unreachable for comment, but authorities say that he witnessed the attack and he rushed out and stabbed his own dog to try to stop him from attacking the kids. Clarke also suffered bites to his hand.
Trigger was euthanized late Friday night and his body will be tested for rabies sometime this week.
Paterson police are waiting on full autopsies to determine the exact cause of Santillan’s death.Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!