A pointer/hound mix named “Milo,” who attacked a six-year-old child, was given a death sentence on Wednesday night by board of selectmen in Mansfield, Mass.
According to WHDH News, after listening to testimony from the child’s family, and the owners of the dog, the board voted 3-2 for Milo to be destroyed.
The child, Christian Herbert, was severely bitten in his face back on Jan. 3, while at the home of 15-year-old Heather Bailey, who was babysitting him.
Bailey had stopped by her home with the little boy and walked out of the room to retrieve keys at the time that the bite occurred. Nobody witnessed exactly what took place prior to the attack.
Bailey has stated that the little boy was excited to see Milo and had run to the couch where Milo was sleeping; the next thing she saw was the dog biting the boy.
Milo had displayed no signs of aggression before the incident, and has displayed none since.
However, due to the severity of the bite, which required 400 stitches to repair, the board members decided that Milo deserved the title of “dangerous dog,” and that destruction was the appropriate action.
Following the decision, Milo’s owner, Michael Bailey, stated:
“It is our firm belief that euthanizing Milo is a dramatic overkill response to our combined efforts to prevent any further perpetration. Doing so will not make any of the visible scars heal faster, but will only stand to deepen the unseen scars of all the victims of this unfortunate tragedy,”
According to the Sun Chronicle, Milo’s family will be appealing the decision.
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