6-year-old boy killed by dog in western North Carolina

Staff Writer

A pit bull mauled to death a child who apparently had climbed over a fence to get into a neighbor's yard in western North Carolina.

The Henderson County sheriff's office told local media they were called to a residence in Mountain Home, south of Asheville, on Tuesday and found the boy in the fenced backyard. Deputies said the pit bull was so aggressive they had to shoot the animal so emergency workers could get to the child.

The boy died at the scene. Authorities have not released his name.

A woman who called 911 said she had gone to the bathroom and lost sight of the boy for a few minutes, then was unable to get into the neighbor's yard where he had been attacked.