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February 2, 2013

Unleashed pit bull attacks pointer

Attack: After attack, dog placed under quarantine, owner issued fines

HAVERHILL — A woman who was taking her family’s dog for its afternoon walk on Primrose Street says another dog broke from its leash and bit her dog in the face before a passer-by stopped and separated the two animals.

Police said the “pit bull type dog” that broke from its leash was not licensed as required by city ordinances, was not properly restrained and was not up to date on its rabies vaccinations. Police said the dog is now under quarantine for 10-days and that its owner, who was issued a total of $200 in fines, told police she no longer wants the dog.

The incident was reported to police at 3:34 p.m. Thursday in front of the St. James School at 415 Primrose St. The building houses a special education program for students with disabilities and the Haverhill Alternative School.

John Street resident David Monson said his wife Priscilla was taking their rescue dog Doug, a 1-year old German short hair pointer mix, for his afternoon walk when the attack occurred. He said he and his wife take their dog on the same walk every evening without incident while she walks their dog every morning and afternoon.

“They had been sitting on the bench by the ball field closest to the school parking lot and the attack happened on the edge of Primrose Street,” he said. “A woman lost control of her pit bull and the dog came tearing across the baseball field, out the fence and attacked my dog.”

Monson said the attacking dog latched onto the side of the snout of his dog’s muzzle, resulting in injuries that required two trips to the veterinarian, and will also require a third visit at the end of a 10-day quarantine period.

“Some man who happened to be in the area came to my wife’s aid and pried the jaws of the pit bull off of my dog with his hands,” Monson said. “Once released someone who was driving by and saw the incident stopped and gave my wife and dog a ride home.”

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