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Pit Bulls That Killed Boy Put Down; 'Full-Scale Investigation' Planned
Town Shocked by 10-Year-Old's Death

Staff Writer

HENDERSON � A day after a 10-year-old boy was mauled to death by two pit bulls, Rusk County Sheriff Danny Pirtle said a �full scale investigation� will be conducted and the results presented to the district attorney.

�We are doing a complete investigation and whatever it leads to then it leads to. We will hand our completed investigation over to the district attorney and whatever they decide with the case then that is what we will have,� he said.

Pirtle said the two pit bull dogs were put down about 30 minutes after they were confiscated from a home on County Road 133, just off Texas Highway 42 in Leverett�s Chapel.

�We took them to a veterinarian and he put both dogs down. I don�t know if he sent samples off to be tested for rabies or not, but if that is part of his routine then I�m sure he followed it,� he said.

Monday shortly after 12:30 p.m. Rusk County Sheriff deputies responded in regards to dogs attacking 10-year-old Justin Clinton.

Despite on lookers� attempts to save the youth, the attack was so severe that he died of his injuries at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview where EMS personnel transported him.

Pirtle said the owners could face felony charges under what is commonly called �Lillian's Law,� which was put into effect in Texas.

The law is named after Lillian Stiles, an elderly woman who was attacked and killed by a pack of dogs.

The legislation, under the Texas Health and Safety Code, went into effect in September 2007 and works in conjunction with the Texas Penal Code under criminal negligence.

�We are taking this thing to the full limit,� Pirtle said.

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This home off of Rusk County Road 133 in Leverett�s Chapel is the site of the attack on 10-year -old Justin Clinton, who was attacked and killed by a pit bull on Monday.
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