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Pitbull euthanized after August attack on Malden child

Posted by Matt Byrne  October 7, 2011 11:04 AM

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A pitbull was euthanized last month after it escaped its home on Lowell Street and seriously injured a 10-year-old boy.

The Aug. 30 attack occurred at 69 Lowell St., said Animal Control Officer Kevin Alkins. The boy was bit in the groin and thigh, lost considerable amounts of blood, and spent several days in intensive care, Alkins said.

The dog, a year and a half old male pitbull that was not neutered, was transported to North Shore Animal Hospital in Lynn.

A Sept. 14 dangerousness hearing at Malden District Court found that the animal was a risk to public safety, and was subsequently euthanized, Alkins said.

Carine Cetoutte, the dog's owner, was not cited or charged in the case, but will be liable for fines and the cost to board the animal before it was put down, Alkins said.

The dog had previously bitten another child in May, Alkins said, but that incident occurred inside the owner's home where city leash laws don't apply.

Current city ordinance allows Alkins to confiscate a pitbull if its owner is found to walk the dog without registering it and documenting certain inoculations, he said.

Last November, a push to pass a city bylaw to require pitbulls to wear muzzles in public made it out of public safety committee hearings but was never passed by the wider council.


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