Public Hearing for Dog Attack Set for 2/27

The Mansfield Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing for a complaint filed on January 3 of concerning a vicious dog attack.

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.


Original Story

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.

ChangeBeginsWithYou February 28, 2013 at 02:46 AM
This "Pitbull Bite" in town everyone keeps referring to, is not correct. Rocco the pitbull that was killed by Mansfield Animal Control in December, the story which this article references, never bit, harmed or hurt anyone. He growled (made a noise, a form of canine communication)....and was deemed vicious and killed without allowing for ANY fair review or consideration for the MANY alternatives to euthanasia presented. Case in point, that people just spew off and dont have their facts straight. I am very sorry for this boy, these families and all involved. My heart goes out to them. However, there is a big difference between a dog actions and someones opinion of the possibility of actions. Rocco was not given the same courtesy of a hearing, and he didnt DO anything. Regardless of opinion of what kind of behavior the animal showed in this case, I'm glad the town of Mansfield is holding a hearing for all sides to be represented. If only they showed the same courtesy to Rocco.. Contradiction after contradiction. RIP ROCCO <3
stephanie elizabeth February 28, 2013 at 03:03 AM
youre a fucking loser, i hope someone cracks your skull in with a bat.
stephanie elizabeth February 28, 2013 at 03:06 AM
joe youre ridiculous, for all you know that brat was harassing the dog."outraged"? you sound like a lonely crotchety old man, this innate hatred and immediate guilty conviction of animals in this country is disgusting.
stephanie elizabeth February 28, 2013 at 03:07 AM
breed means nothing, i own a pit bull and he's a certified therapy dog. dont be ignorant. if you want to look at statistically "aggressive" dogs, take a look at chihuahua stats, but theyre small and "cute" so nobody takes notice. educate yourself.
James Murphy February 28, 2013 at 09:20 PM
This is all upsetting. That first comment about the pit bull is very offensive because I'm a 15 year old boy and my pit bull is a family dog that i have had sunce i was little and I love her. Also, we don't know what the kid did to the dog to make it attack. The kids parents should have been paying attention to him. Don't ever say that a dog is just a dog, because dogs are friends and family. In this state, people don't get sentenced to death if they attack or even rape a six year old boy, so why should a dog be euthanized? Dogs are living creatures like us, so don't ever say that "it's just a dog." No pet should be treated any worse than humans, because we're animals too.


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