By Bradford L. Miner, News Telegram
Selectmen have agreed with dog officer Laura Pease that a male “pit bull-like” dog owned by Cody and Janice L. Handrahan, 27 Kendall Lane, was dangerous and approved 10 conditions the owners must meet to keep the dog.
The owners did not attend last night’s hearing at the Henry Woods Building. After hearing testimony about the dog attacking members of a James Street family in May while they were walking their dog, selectmen ordered the Handrahan dog impounded immediately.
Scott H. Ennis of 73 James St. described how the family had been walking along Kendall Lane, heading for South Street, with the family dog on a leash.
“All of sudden, this dog bounded through a screen door and came after our dog,” he said, explaining that he fended off the attack.
Mr. Ennis said he understood the dog officer’s recommendations, which included the dog be muzzled when outside the home; kept within a locked, chain-link enclosure on the property; neutered before Aug. 2; implanted with a microchip for identification purposes; walked by a competent adult; and the dog officer be notified immediately if the dog should ever become loose again. But he said the measures were insufficient given the threat the dog represented.
“The owners of this dog are irresponsible and I want to know who’s going to be responsible if this dog gets loose and attacks a small child or an adult for that matter,” he said.
The dog officer told selectmen the dog owners had not been completely cooperative and that she would attempt to pick up the dog as soon as possible in the company of a police officer.
Selectmen voted to give the owners until July 16 to satisfy the dog officer’s requirements for return of the dog. They expect a report by their next meeting, July 19.
Ms. Pease said if the owners did not comply and the dog was abandoned, it would likely be euthanized as she doubted it could be successfully placed with another owner.