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Dog euthanized, teen killed and two injured following attack

Dog house believed to be provided for Trigger
Dog house believed to be provided for TriggerScreen shot via ABC 7 News

According to Saturday's NorthJersey.com, a teenage boy from Paterson, N.J., is dead and the dog believed to be responsible for the deadly attack, has been euthanized.

Officials put down the 115-pound bull mastiff, who reportedly belonged to Paul Clarke, of Paterson, and a necropsy will be performed on the dog's body to see if there is evidence of rabies.

Two 13-year-old boys were attacked on Friday afternoon by the dog, who apparently escaped from his yard on Sherwood Ave. One boy escaped with a bite wound to his hand and the other boy's body was later found on property behind the Sherwood Avenue home.

According to the New York Daily News, the dog, named "Trigger," also attacked his owner. Clarke stabbed the dog repeatedly in an effort to fend off the attack.

An individual who is familiar with the dog told NorthJersey.com that Trigger was a nice dog until kids started taunting him; the kids allegedly encouraged the dog to chase after them. Thanks to the dog's large size, he was able to jump over the fence that surrounded his yard.

An autopsy is being performed on the deceased boy's body to determine the exact cause of death.

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