UPDATE: June 23, 2011 - Ellenville NY - A pit bull owned by a former Ellenville resident was ordered euthanized this week for an unprovoked attack (BITING HIM ON HIS TESTICLE AREA) on a village boy, police said. On Friday, a judge in Wawarsing Town Court ordered Rex, a Pit Bull owned by SHEIK R. "RASHEED" HASSAN, to be euthanized. On May 31, the leashed dog lunged and seriously bit an unidentified boy who was walking home on Center Street. Hassan, 19, of Ozone Park, Queens, was charged under the state's Agriculture and Markets Law with harboring a dangerous dog. He has 30 days to appeal the judge's euthanasia decision to the county court.
Tuesday, June 2, 2011 - Ellenville NY - An unidentified 11-year-old-boy was walking home on Tuesday, May 31, on Center Street at about 6 pm . He had been to the store when he passed a man and woman walking a PIT BULL on a leash.
THE PIT BULL SUDDENLY LUNGED AT THE BOY AND BIT HIM IN THE RIGHT TESTICLE AREA, RIPPING IT OPEN.
Police were called to Ellenville regional Hospital and investigated the incident. At 11:15 am Wednesday, they applied for a court order to seize the Pit Bull. It is being held at a secure facility until 4 pm Monday, when Village Justice Matthew Parker will preside over a hearing to decide whether it will be euthanized.
The owner of the Pit Bull named Rex, Sheik R. "Rasheed" Hassan, age 19, a former village resident who now lives in Ozone Park, Queens, was charged under the state's Agriculture and Markets Law with harboring a dangerous dog. Hassan was issued a ticket to appear in Village Court at 4 pm on Monday. Police Chief Phil Mattracion said the police have had problems with the Pit Bull in the past, but never with such a vicious attack. He added that this incident is one of many that are prompting him to request a ban on dogs in the downtown area of the village. "This is a prime case in which we need to put into place laws to protect the dogs as well as innocent civilians,"