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Neighbors of 2-year-old killed by dog say dog seemed calm

Neighbors of a 2-year-old boy killed in Luling Thursday afternoon say that the dog police suspect of attacking and killing the child did not seem vicious.

Luling police have not released the name of the child. An autopsy has been ordered.

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Carol Escobedo of Luling said her two brothers were living at the trailer, right, on North Hackberry Avenue where the attack happened. One of her brothers, whom she declined to identify, had been keeping the dog suspected of attacking the boy — a pregnant pit bull — for a couple of weeks for a friend, she said.

The attack happened outside the trailer and the dog was chained, she said.

Roy Mendiola, who lives down the street from the trailer where the boy was killed, said that the dog — a grayish silver pit bull — was usually kept behind the trailer on a long chain. Mendiola was home Thursday afternoon when he heard a woman — the 2-year-old’s mother — calling for help.

“All of a sudden I heard the lady hollering and yelling for help,” he said.

Later, he saw animal control and police officers lead the dog from the trailer. The dog was calm and didn’t seem to resist being captured, he said.

“It’s a horrible thing,” he said about the boy’s death.

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