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7-year-old boy killed in pit bull attack in Lowell

Lowell, MA -- 10/22/2017 - The fence in area where a seven year old boy was killed by two pit bulls is seen in Lowell. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:
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The fenced-in area where a 7-year-old boy was killed by two pit bulls is seen in Lowell.

A 7-year-old boy was killed in an apparent pit bull attack in Lowell Saturday evening, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said in a statement.

A preliminary investigation suggested that the boy, who was not identified, was attacked after he entered a fenced area where two pit bulls were located, according to the statement.

Lowell police were notified of an injured child at a home on Clare Street around 6 p.m. and found him dead when they arrived, officials said.

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One of the pit bulls escaped the fenced area after the attack but was later captured and euthanized, the district attorney’s office said. The other pit bull is in the custody of animal control officials.

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The incident remains under investigation by the district attorney’s office, Lowell police, and State Police. No charges have been filed, officials said.

State Police assisted in responding to the scene, spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail Saturday night.

Lowell, MA -- 10/22/2017 - Flowers sit inside the fenced in area where a seven year old boy was killed by two pit bulls is seen in Lowell. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 23pitbulls1 Reporter:
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Flowers sat inside the fenced-in area where the boy was killed.

Lowell, MA -- 10/22/2017 - David Swiniarski looks over his shoulder at the home of a seven year old boy was killed by two pit bulls as he describes witnessing the attack in Lowell. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
David Swiniarski looked over his shoulder at the boy’s home.

Lowell, MA -- 10/22/2017 - Giovanni Miranda talks about hearing the seven year old boy's mother screaming in the street after the child was killed by two pit bulls in Lowell. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Lowell, MA -- 10/22/2017 - Giovanni Miranda talked about hearing the boy's mother screaming in the street.

Jacob Carozza can be reached at jacob.carozza@globe.com.