The Select Board has declared “dangerous” a mixed-breed dog owned by an Old Mountain Road resident and ordered him to properly confine the animal after it attacked and seriously injured a neighbor’s Italian greyhound.
The board held a vicious dog hearing June 18 under the provisions of state law in the wake of the April 27 attack and issued an order to dog owner James Barstow of 41 Old Mountain Road. The order states that Barstow’s dog must be humanely restrained and that it be securely confined outdoors, although not tied to objects such as a building or tree.
Barstow said he had been weeding a flower bed on his property and went out to talk with his longtime friend and neighbor Gary Ritter, of 57 Old Mountain Road, who was walking his two dogs in the road. While the two talked, Barstow’s mixed-breed dog broke loose from a cable and attacked Ritter’s Italian greyhound at the border of his property. Ritter’s Chihuahua also was at the scene and was scraped during the melee.
“An old cable failed,” Barstow told the Gazette. “My dog bit his dog.”
The greyhound named Twiggy which weighs about 8 pounds, required 40 stitches and six staples to close a wound to its lower left hindquarter.
Ritter said the attack marked the second time in a year that Barstow’s dog got loose and went after Twiggy. The first time, Ritter said, his Italian greyhound outran Barstow’s dog and escaped.
Barstow said that the restraining device he had previously used was old, which allowed his dog to break free. He testified during the hearing that his dog is now on a new connector designed to contain a 300-pound animal and it does not reach a public way.