ANDOVER — Lucy looks like she’s been in a bad fight.

The short, wrinkly Shar-Pei is missing hair and is covered with about 60 staples veterinarians used to close the gashes that cover her body. Straw-like drains peep out from puncture wounds and a plastic cone is wrapped around her neck to prevent her from gnawing her wounds.

“It looks bad. But we are lucky she is not dead. She was in surgery for five hours,” owner Darlene Manners of Samos Lane said, reaching down to pet Lucy on her snout. “It’s OK. You’re going to get better.”

Lucy was attacked earlier this week by a German shepherd and pit bull that live across the street with their owners, the Howes. It was Lucy’s third run-in with the dogs.

Police are investigating the dogfight, but the dogs have no past record or complaints filed, leaving officers with little recourse. Residents in the neighborhood — who spoke on anonymity — say the Howes’ two dogs often roam off their leashes, leaving them afraid to let their children walk down the street now.

Manners never reported the first two fights because Lucy was out of her yard, but now a strong electric fence keeps her confined to the 11 Samos Lane yard.

“Police have told us they will be given $25 citations for not being properly restrained,” Manners said. “They say there’s nothing else they can do right now. I just don’t want to see it be a child next time. You put those two dogs together and it’s no good. Get rid of the pit bull.”

Andover police Lt. James Hashem said an investigation by the animal control officer into the Tuesday attack will wrap up early next week, but it was unlikely much would come of it. He does not foresee a dangerousness hearing, where the selectmen vote to banish a dog from the town or restrict where it can live.

Officers do plan to hold a neighborhood meeting Monday or Tuesday to address concerns.

“People in the neighborhood are worried. This dog is beaten up pretty badly,” Hashem said. “Neighbors said there have been previous incidents that went unreported. ... We plan to work with the owner on controlling the dogs.”

Chet Howe said despite the fight, his German shepherd, Barron, and his son’s pit bull are not bad dogs.

“They are good dogs,” he said. “They would never hurt anyone. ... This is blown out of proportion. Their dog isn’t innocent either. ... People label the pit bulls.”

Howe had Barron on a chain Thursday on his deck.

“I have to with all this going on,” he said of the restraint. “He’s just a puppy.”

The attack happened Tuesday around 6 p.m. Barron and the pit bull allegedly walked over to the Manners’ yard and soon a vicious fight broke out between the three dogs, with the smaller Lucy taking the brunt of the bites.

The other dogs suffered scratches.

“All I could hear was my husband screaming, ‘They are going to kill the dog,’” Manners said. “My brother-in-law sat on the pit bull to try and pull it off, but it wouldn’t budge. It just missed the jugular.”

Two veterinarians at Andover Animal Hospital worked on Lucy for five hours. The initial vet bill cost Manners $1,500, which the Howes agreed to pay, and there’s more work to be done.

Manners said her dog has not always been innocent. Lucy had walked out of the yard when the Manners first set up an electric fence, which hadn’t been working right. The three dogs fought and Lucy was cut up bad.

“But I didn’t report it because she went over there,” Manners said. “But maybe I should have. Then they’d have a record.”

Hashem said these attacks are a rarity in Andover. The town has seen one or two canine dangerousness hearings in the past several years. He hopes the upcoming meeting can make peace in the neighborhood.

But Manners said she will not be happy until the pit bull is gone. Howe says the dogs are not going anywhere.

“I just worry Lucy may not be as fortunate if she gets into another fight,” Manners said. “She is afraid to go outside right now. It’s just not safe.”

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