Haverhill, MA - The legal guardian of an 11-year-old Haverhill boy who was viciously attacked by a 100-pound pit bull-mastiff mix in April wants to know what the city will do to prevent future attacks. Sarie Joffre, the grandmother and guardian of Robert Stickney Jr., thinks the city should consider banning dogs that are known to be vicious. "If there's a problem with a particular breed of dog, the people should not own them as pets," she said.
She and other residents will have a chance to voice their opinions when the city's Public Safety Committee meets to discuss ordinances related to the safekeeping of dogs. City Councilor David Hall, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, said he expects a large turnout. Hall said he has been overwhelmed with e-mails and letters from victims of dog attacks, as well as animal lovers, who are concerned about what the city might do in response to the recent attacks.
Meanwhile, Robert Stickney Jr. is still hospitalized and possibly faces skin grafts.
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