2-year-old NC boy mauled, killed by Rottweiler

(Snow Hill, NC-AP) October 4, 2006 - Greene County, North Carolina, authorities say a 2-year-old boy was fatally mauled by a Rottweiler Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Lemmie Smith says Julius Graham was staying at his grandparents' house when he wandered off and the dog attacked him. Smith says it appears the dog dug a hole under a fence and got out.

Julius was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Smith says several calls came in reporting the incident and officers arrived on scene within four minutes of the first phone call. He says when officers arrived, they found the grandmother sitting with the child.

The Rottweiler was shot and killed by deputies after it started acting vicious towards them.

The owners of the Rottweiler were reportedly out of town.

Posted 8:30am by Bryce Mursch