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A 6-year-old boy who scaled a neighbor's fence to...

AUSTIN, Texas -- A 6-year-old boy who scaled a neighbor's fence to retrieve a lost ball was killed by a St. Bernard and a pit bull dog.

The body of Jacob Hoffer was discovered Monday night in his neighbor's back yard.

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He suffered massive chest and arm injuries and had been dead several hours before being found by family members.

Police said a small white ball was found next to the boy's hand.

'He loved to play ball,' a man who identified himself as the boy's grandfather said. 'He was on a soccer team and was always playing. Whenever it would go over a neighbor's fence while he and his friends were playing, he would just climb over to get it.'

Animal control officers today were observing a St. Bernard and pit bull dog removed from the yard. The owners of the dogs were not at home when the attack occurred.

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