Ms. Bilzerian, 28, who is pregnant, was airlifted to Boston as a precautionary measure to receive treatment for a puncture wound to the head and neck. Her young son was treated in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital emergency room for a significant bite wound to his leg. There was no immediate information on their condition Tuesday.
Tisbury Animal Control Officer (ACO) Laurie Clements ordered the three dogs quarantined and restrained on the property for 10 days under the custody of Mr. Bilzerian. Ms. Clements told The Times Monday she would not request a dog hearing before selectmen, because Mr. Bilzerian told her he planned to remove the animals.
Ms. Clements said the owner is complying with the quarantine orders. She said she believes the three dogs are brothers, and only one is neutered. Ms. Clements said she was going to go to the selectmen with the order to have the dogs neutered, but that the owner has decided to “get rid of the dogs.” She said she will not be requesting a hearing because of that decision.
“He knows he has to get rid of the dogs,” Ms. Clements said. “But I don’t know if he’s going to euthanize, or try to rehome them, or find a no-kill shelter, or what he’s going to do, but I know he’s going to re-home them all.”
Tisbury town administrator Jay Grande told The Times on Tuesday that he has asked Ms. Clements to provide him with a fuller report so he can understand why the dogs were left with the owner and what, if any, town bylaws were violated.
Reached Tuesday by phone, Mr. Bilzerian said he did not want to comment.
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