Pit Bull Put Down
UPDATE 1/30/08: Two weeks after an attack that left 30 stitches to a teenage victim's face, officials euthanized Buddy, the offending pit bull. Animal Control Officer Kevin Farnsworth said, "Obviously the owner must have felt very bad for the dog, but it was a decision that I would done myself," he said. "If the dog (attacks) once, you don't know if it will do it again. So this situation ended up resolving itself."
1/18/08: Attacks Insight Dog Law Review
Lynn, MA - In the wake of another dog attack, Council President Tim Phelan said he and city officials are examining whether a pit bull ban is a feasible option to protect residents from dangerous animals. "All options are on the table including revisiting a possible pit bull ban," he said. "Nothing has changed and the possibility of a ban and the possibility for increased fines are still alive and kicking."
Council President Tim Phelan also plans to review records of pit bull attacks that have taken place over the past five years to garner more information. The most recent dog attack took place on Monday, where a teenager was bitten. The victim and his brother were visiting friends at the apartment when the pit bull, Buddy, attacked. The victim suffered a facial wound and received about 30 stitches.
Julie Potter was attacked October 17 while out for a jog on Lynnfield Street, after a pit bull mixed escaped its leash and bit her on her arms and legs. The pit bull owner, Robin Edwards surrendered the animal to be euthanized. Another dog attack incident involved Claire Butcher and her neighbor's Pekingese dog on October 22. The dog has its eye torn out from its socket by an off-leash pit bull.