An 83-year-old man and his sheltie were at Wollaston Beach on Wednesday when a pit bull got loose from its owner and attacked them.
The Patriot Ledger reported that Massachusetts State Police responded to the Quincy beach at approximately 6:15 p.m. after a pit bull latched onto the throat of the sheltie and didn’t let go until the sheltie had died. The pit bull’s owner was on roller blades and unable to control his dog, according to the report. The attacking animal is now in animal control custody.
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The owner also told police the pit bull was not registered with the city.
The pit bull, which is 8 years old, was turned over to Quincy Animal Control for an observation period.
The other dog, identified as a 10-year-old mixed-breed, belonged to an 83-year-old Ludlow man. He injured his arm trying to rescue his dog.
CBS Boston interviewed the sheltie’s owner, Robert Laverty. He said the pit bull came at them “all of a sudden” and that the owner’s leash “was too long.” He added that he injured his arm trying to pry the the attacking dog off of his pet, Barley.
The pit bull’s owner is expected to face civil penalties, according to the CBS Boston report. Laverty also said he plans to meet with Quincy police regarding whether the owner will face any charges.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to the dog that was killed as a border collie. The dog was a sheltie. The story has been updated to reflect this change.