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Hingham dog in biting cases moved to N.Y. shelter

By L.E. Crowley
Globe Correspondent / December 1, 2009

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The English mastiff that bit the wife of Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield and another woman at a Hingham store has been delivered to a shelter in New York, police said yesterday.

The dog, named Gabriella, was taken to a shelter in upstate New York by Hingham Animal Control Officer Leslie Badger, Hingham police Lieutenant Michael Peraino said. Badger drove Gabriella to her new home more than a week ago, where she is adjusting nicely, Peraino said.

Initially, Hingham selectmen had ordered that Gabriella be euthanized because of two biting incidents at a Hingham art gallery owned by Bob and Megan Ullman. Hingham officials agreed to a compromise that would save the dog’s life by sending her to the New York shelter.

Yesterday, Megan Ullman pleaded not guilty in Hingham District Court, where she faced charges of reckless assault with a dangerous weapon, causing serious bodily injury, disorderly conduct, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the incidents.

Ullman will return to court Dec. 29 for a pretrial hearing. She was released on her own recognizance.

Bob Ullman said he hopes a judge will drop the charges and take into account his wife’s letter to Hingham police asking for leniency. Otherwise, Ullman referred all questions regarding the felony charges to his court-appointed lawyer Gregory O’Meara. O’Meara did not immediately return calls for comment.

Peraino said the police issued the summons at the behest of the Plymouth district attorney’s office. “They read the reports we sent over and said these are the charges that should be filed,’’ Peraino said.