The owner of two pit bulls was apologetic when pleading guilty to two charges of dog at large in the Seabrook District Court. "We apologize and we're very, very sorry," the owner of the dogs said. "I hope everything looks good for (the victims) in the future."
The victims, two men and one woman, were attacked about 7:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. The two men suffered bites to their legs and one was bitten on his arm as well. The woman's clothing kept the dogs teeth from breaking her skin.
The dogs got out of their owner's home by accident when someone came to visit and left the door open. The owner said that the dogs were loved like children, and were gentle with women and children; however, he said that they could get aggressive around some men. The owner said he and his wife cried for two days after the dogs were put down.
This is not the first time that these dogs have attacked. The father of these two pit bulls bit the son of a neighbor when he came into the house, startling the dog. That dog was also put to sleep. One of the dogs responsible for the latest incident attacked an English bulldog that belonged to a neighbor. The bulldog survived.
The police filed a motion to immediately seize the dogs, but then withdrew it when they realized the dogs had already been euthanized. The dogs were sent to the state lab in order to learn if they had rabies, which they didn't.
The law in New Hampshire requires that police go before a judge to get an order to euthanize a dog. The dog that attacked the bulldog was seized by police, but the judge ruled that it should be released back to its owner. One woman on the town selectmen said in a meeting in March that the dogs worried her because she felt they could be a danger to the public. During this past meeting, she said she feels the police had done all they could to prevent the dogs from becoming a danger.
If you have suffered a bite from a dog or another animal, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. An attorney can provide information on how you can seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages.
Source: Seacoastonline.com, "Pit bulls euthanized after attacks at shopping plaza," Max Sullivan, May 28, 2017