June 4 2019

UPDATE: Police Identify Owners of Dog Who Attacked Woman at Veterans Park

By: Rich Hosford

Update June 5 at 12 p.m.


Burlington Animal Control Officer Gerry Mills said on Wednesday that the owners of the dog who attacked a woman and her dog at Veterans Park on Monday have been identified.


“Thank you for all of the tips and information,” Mills said in a Facebook post. “We will not be responding to any questions regarding this matter at this point as it is still an ongoing investigation and the involved parties are cooperating with the investigation.”


Original Story



The Burlington Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two people who were walking a dog that attacked another dog and then the owner at a Burlington park.


“We need help identifying the owners of a dog that bit a person around 4:45 p.m. on Monday, June 3 at Veterans Park on Wilmington Road and left the scene without identifying themselves,” Burlington Animal Control Officer Gerry Mills wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.


Mills said they had a total of four dogs with them. Two were adult dogs, one beige in color and the other brindle (brownish or tawny color), that the victim said appeared to be pitbull mixes. There were also two smaller dogs, possible about a year old, that may have been the pups of the two older dogs. It is unclear if the pair were a couple or just walking together.  


Mills explained that the pair arrived at the park and the man took one of the dogs off its leash. When it was free it ran at the victim and her dog and attacked her animal. When the woman was trying to fight the attacking dog off it turned and bit her through her sweatshirt and punctured her arm with its teeth. In the confusion the victim’s dog ran off and after she had run after it and brought it back to the park the pair was gone.


Mills said that because the victim’s skin was broken in the attack they need to quarantine the dog for 10 days to ensure it does not have rabies or else the woman will need to begin a series of rabies vaccinations.


“Any information you may have will be helpful in identifying the owners,” Mills said. “[They were a] male and female (possibly separate owners) walking together that possibly live in the area or walk in the area frequently.”


Police are asking any residents in the area that have any type video surveillance to check between 4:15 and 5:15 p.m. on Monday June to see if the pair and the dogs were captured on video. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Animal Control at 781-270-1698.



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