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Mansfield Selectmen Decide to Euthanize Milo the Dog

Mansfield Selectmen vote 3-2 to euthanize dog that severely bit a six-year-old child.

Mansfield selectmen voted 3-2 to euthanize Milo the dog Wednesday after hearing from both the victim's family and the dog's family.

The dog reportedly attacked 6-year-old Christian Hebert on Jan. 3 while at the house of the dog's owner Michael Bailey. 

After the vote, the Baileys said they would try to appeal the ruling in court.

The board heard statements from both sides as well as from Mansfield animal control officers Jeffrey Collins and Steve Simmons.

Collins said while he met the dog only once, Milo seemed to be calm and docile in front of a stranger, but the severity and depth of the bites, based on his experience and the Dunbar system, were excessive.

"I have several dozen cases of various people that have been bitten ranging from a minor bite in the hand to a young lady who was knocked by two dogs, who worked as a pack, ravaging her shoulder and head," he said. "This bite is excessive."

Collins recommended the dog be euthanized after determining the dog's aggressiveness and danger using the Ian Dunbar scale, which determines the animal's intentions by examining the number, degree and depth of the dog's bite.

Dozens of supporters for both sides came to the hearing, but were not allowed to speak because the hearing was not for character assessments, but rather facts involved in the case.

"Imagining the worst"

The victim's mother, Dawn Hebert Miller, said her son had suffered severe damage to his face. She said he needed more than 400 stitches after the incident.

"I was just imagining the worst, and I went to Hasbro Children's Hospital and my worst fears were realized," she said.

She said her son will most likely be scarred for life, which cannot be determined until the scars heal more and cosmetic surgery can be assessed.

"He ended up going into surgery two hours long," she said, tearing up. "He was under. I was with him the whole entire time. It was just awful he kept coming to and waking up. It was a horrific time."

The incident

The Jan. 3 incident occurred when Heather Bailey, Michael Bailey's daughter, was picking up Hebert from the school bus. Heather Bailey had been babysitting Hebert since school started in 2012. 

She was supposed to take him to his home, right across the street from the Bailey residence.

At that time, Heather Bailey saw the vehicle belonging to Seth Miller  Hebert's stepfather, in the driveway and did not think she needed the key to get into the house. When she returned to pick up Hebert, the vehicle was gone. So, she took Hebert to her house to get the key.

"So, he walked in," she said. "Christian was really excited. He had a smile on face. He ran over and he plopped down on the couch."

She said Hebert went over to Milo, who had been sleeping on the couch, and started petting him with no incident, while she got a Wii videogame. 

"When I got the videogame, that's when I heard all this commotion," she said, visibly shaking during the recollection.

"It's hard for me to put my dog's life in the hands of people who weren't there to witness what went on," she said. "There's so much more going on underneath."

Selectman George Dentino said because the actual incident wasn't witnessed and therefore no evidence of provocation (or lack thereof) could be established, the dog should be able to be retrained and restrained rather than euthanized.

"We live in a society that gives second chances, and I think this dog deserves a second chance," said Deninto, who voted again euthanizing Milo. Doug Annino also voted again euthanasia.

"Do not blame yourself"

The board took a long time to come to their final vote and all the selectmen expressed their sympathy with both sides.

"It's not your fault, you didn't do anything wrong," said Selectman Jess Aptowitz to Heather Bailey. "Do not blame yourself. I know it's easy for me to say, but we as a board are charged with doing what's best for the community for everyone."

Kevin March 03, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Selectman Olivier Kozlowski reported on his twitter feed that Milo has bitten again. The dog has proven once again he cannot be trusted around anyone. (My words, not Olivier's.)
Carol R. Adler March 03, 2013 at 02:27 PM
ok - saw that which is why I wrote. When and how is this supposed to have occurred?
Tina Silverio March 03, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I hope comments here and elsewhere don't devolve into nothing but the usual "i told you so"'s vs the "are you happy now?"s. I would hope the town is better than that, but we know we're not immune to petty ugliness on the rare occasion. Does anyone know what happened now? I hope it wasn't too bad, but it's going to be hard, if not impossible to find milo another place to live now. Heather is going to be devastated, if she could possibly be more so after last wednesday night. i hope we can all rally around her and not attack each other because at this point, well, what's the point?
paul March 03, 2013 at 02:41 PM
The dog should already be dead. The board voted to put him down, why is that so hard for some to accept? All you people that think Milo should live would be singing a different tune if Christian was your son. How would you like to watch your mauled son cry when he looks into a mirror? Or have him grab you in fear every time a dog is near? Or wake up in the middle of the night to hear his screams while having a dog attack nightmare? Or listen to his doctors tell you how many more operations he is going to need? What if he was your son or grandson?
yerkillinme March 03, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Tina: "Heather is going to be devastated..." I feel bad for Heather but where was the concern from many here about how devastated the little boy is? So many comments about how the boy must have done something to provoke the attack, blaming his parents, how he'll get over it, lack of training in how to approach an animal (he's 6 for cryin out loud). Here's where I'm going to play a little blame game: Heather's parents should have shown better judgment dealing with a dog that obviously has an aggression problem. The pro Milo folks keep talking about training & education - was Milo ever trained? When an expert tells you the dog has an aggression problem you listen. I'm not blaming the dog, the dog is who he is and it's unfortunate if he was abused or trained for aggression but the owners have a responsibility to know their dog and provide it appropriate training/control if necessary. The fact that they didn't put the dog down right away and forced it to go to the Selectmen and then said they were going to appeal shows they're not fit to evaluate or deal with dogs. Sure, sometimes a dog bites but for the owner to be in such denial about the dangerousness of their own dog is unacceptable. I feel bad that the parents are allowing Heather to go through this, they should have shown more responsible sooner even if it meant upsetting their little girl. I feel bad for Heather, it's not her fault & no one should have to deal with what either of these kids have been through.
yerkillinme March 03, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Carol: "Why not look at the child's actions and not the dog's"? Because the child is SIX and one saw what happened so what's the point in speculating about what the child MIGHT have done? What is there to investigate? We know this: The dog bit a six year old child who was a guest in his house. In this situation you give the benefit of the doubt to the child, not the dog. The dog has bitten since... case closed, lesson learned for all of you questioning the boy.
yerkillinme March 03, 2013 at 04:06 PM
The dog bit again (and had before). Clearly the owners are not capable of judging the dangerousness of their dog nor control its aggressive behavior. It's one thing for your dog to bite someone but being this far in denial about how dangerous your dog is shows they're unfit to make the proper decisions concerning this situation. I definitely would not trust them to prevent the dog from biting again regardless of what education/mitigation steps they may take.
yerkillinme March 03, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I think there are many apologies owed here to the little boy and his family although I'm sure none will come.
Theresa March 03, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I would like to know what kind of dog Milo.is. There are behavioral training classes for dogs,so they do not react the way he did with this little boy, and.the other two incidences. I do feel for the little boy, he has a long road ahead of him. But I also feel for the dogs family. Milo deserves a chance. Nobody really knows what happened in that room. Kids that age get excited about pets. For all anyone knows the little boy could have tried to jump up on the couch and hug the dog, which startled the dog. Parents need to talk to their kids about other.peoples pets, make sure they understand that you can't jump on pets especially dogs. Like I said before Milo deserves a chance with special training. They do it all the time when they are trying ti adopt pets.out, so why cant they do it for.him. They give all those scum bag rapists, murderers, and child molesters a second chance, so why not do it for the dog. They are always too quick with the answer of putting a dog down. Things need to change.
Pam Gagnon March 03, 2013 at 05:43 PM
There was a chance for a "happy" ending here. I heard there was a rescue shelter willing to take the dog and assume total liability should something else happen but both parties declined. That could have been a win / win situation - the dog would have been out of the house hold but close enough for the Bailey's to visit. I watched the meeting very closely and have read all the comments here and have a couple of comments. While the vote was 3:2, not one selectman wanted that dog returned to his home. The second one is some of the name calling in these posts are disturbing. Some might even say viscious.
Julie March 03, 2013 at 05:45 PM
So, this dog has attacked again. This time a teenage girl, who had to go to the hospital. Those blaming the children for these attacks should be ashamed of themselves. It is time to euthanize this dog!!
Tina Silverio March 03, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I agree completely that the boy has been half-overlooked in this whole mess. Much focus on the dog. I don't apologise for feeling badly and sympathetic for heather- but that doesn't diminish my feelings surrounding what the little boy has to go through. I've mentioned it before, i think the ultimate decision by the BoS was the right one, even before this last incident. The dog needed to go. it was deemed dangerous, as it should have been. the BoS and everyone knew there would be an appeal, and a chance to find an alternative for milo. I'm tired of all the accusations that everyone was operating on nothing but emotions. no one made decisions based on emotion- i saw practicality, which is what's needed. they had a period of time to work things out before the civil hearing, or whatever it is. It's sad that this now happened before they got there. I hope very much that the person who was bitten yesterday isn't hurt too badly, and my thoughts are with heather. i may feel the BoS made the right decision, but i'm not heartless by a longshot.
Tina Silverio March 03, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Unfortunately, Milo's had 3 or 4 incidents with bites now. not sure training will be an option, especially legally speaking. He's a hound/pointer mix.
Julie March 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Well, I just read that Milo as once again bit somebody, this time a teenage girl. do you people still think he shouldn't be euthanized? Just curious.
paul March 03, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Happy ending? Did you see that little boys face? The lawyers will be happy, because this one crazy dog is going to generate at least 3 lawsuits.
Carol R. Adler March 03, 2013 at 06:21 PM
If this is true, then shame on the owners for not keeping a close watch on Milo. It would appear it's time to let go and allow everyone to heal. Very sorry for the child, for the teenager, for Milo who never had a chance because his family did not go through proper training if any training at all.
paul March 03, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Why would anyone want to keep a dog that almost killed a little boy?
Carol R. Adler March 03, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Why would anyone continue to love a person who continually rejects or abuses him or her. Love is irrational, but there is always hope the situation will change. Too bad there comes a time to quit and say goodbye.
paul March 03, 2013 at 06:38 PM
You said it all Carol.
Robert Reynolds March 03, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Any report coming out of Olivier Kozlowski mouth is worthless. He is ignorant.
Tina Silverio March 03, 2013 at 08:13 PM
" I heard there was a rescue shelter willing to take the dog and assume total liability should something else happen but both parties declined. That could have been a win / win situation - the dog would have been out of the house hold but close enough for the Bailey's to visit."...:that's a shame. This latest incident could have been avoided, the dog would have lived. Heather could have seen milo and Christian wouldn't have to.
Tina Silverio March 03, 2013 at 08:15 PM
very true!
Tina Silverio March 03, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Then you infer that the cops are and the animal control are? Seems they knew about it before Kozlowski did. If they're all ignorant, I guess that makes you the fly on the wall to all the attacks Milo has been involved with and to all the conversations the cops and animal control and any BoS members? Perhaps you eavesdrop on the involved families' phone calls and emails? Okay, I see.
Robert Reynolds March 04, 2013 at 06:44 AM
I don't know if it was this dog or a different one but I watched Sir Olivier question a gentleman regarding a dog who had bitten someone. he asked the man to give him details as to how he would control the animal. The man outlined a detailed rersponce and then Sir Olivier then voted against. Kozlowski was looking for his 15 minutes of TV time. Just another worthless politician..
paul March 04, 2013 at 09:49 AM
After the Selectmen voted to condemn Milo, the dog should have been taken to the pound. Allowing the family to keep the dog during appeal put the public at risk, including the family. This dog had too many chances and now many lives have been changed forever. Shame on anyone that thought this vicious dog deserved another chance after seeing photos of that little boys face. Still waiting for comments from the (lawyer) Mia Stevens. What do you say counselor, are we all still ignorant now that Milo has bitten the very hand that fed him?
Muriel Reilly March 04, 2013 at 11:57 AM
This is very sad for *all* involved. It's a shame that many of you cannot comment without attacking another. Are you proud of that?
karen whitaker March 04, 2013 at 12:57 PM
I guess the problem has solved itself.
James March 04, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I just read on another site that this dog has bitten again over the weekend. I have said it before and I will say it again, NO dog can be rehabilitated. A bad dog is a bad dog no matter what the breed. So sorry for the newest person to have been bitten. What say you now?
Carol R. Adler March 04, 2013 at 04:50 PM
James, I know you can write, so I'm assuming you read: Remember Michael Vick of football fame and his pitbulls? All those not shot to death because they wouldn't fight were confiscated, educated and have been placed in loving home without incident. NO DOG IS BORN BAD. People are the ones who inadvertently (let's hope) did not train Milo in his former home(s), he was placed in a shelter then rehomed with this family who obviously has done no training. Every reasonable person feels terrible for the child - terrible - but Milo is the victim of no training and for whatever reason he has bitten repeatedly. It is too late for Milo, and as I said to one of the other people who write in - Owners of Milo - please do us a favor and do not adopt another dog (unless you take him to class to train him to behave as a family pet should). Sorry, Milo.
Carol R. Adler March 04, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Sorry for the punctuation and grammar errors above, but I'm just so upset and angry about the way people blame and name call and wrote the message in a hurry. CRA

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