Editors note: In response to questions in the comments section on the breed of the dog, please be aware that the dog is a pointer/hound mutt.
The Mansfield Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 last night to have a public hearing and accept a report by animal control concerning a complaint filed about a vicious dog attack.
The public hearing will take place on February 27 as recommended by Town Manager William Ross to leave time to give notice and advertise the hearing.
Filed by the lawyer of Dawn Herbert-Miller, the complaint from January 3 stems from a dog attack on Herber-Miller’s six year old son.
The bites from the dog reportedly left the child in such sever damage that he needed over 400 stitches, surgery, and ongoing treatment.
Since the attack, the dog has been confined to the home of its owners Michael and Virginia Bailey.
In the past, the town has ordered animals deemed dangerous to be euthanized. Last December, similar actions were taken against a pitbull at the Mansfield Animal Shelter.
If the decision is made to euthanize the dog, the owners can appeal the ruling in court.
Do you think that the town should be able to euthanize an animal if deemed to be dangerous? Tell us in the comment section.