Thursday, December 17, 2015

EDGARTOWN MA - MAY 12, 2013 - AN ADOPTED BULLDOG DESCRIBED BY ITS OWNER AS A "GOOD DOG THAT IS VERY FRIENDLY TO PEOPLE" WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE DOG THAT ATTACKED 2 MINIATURE HORSES KILLING ONE OF THEM

(Majik was lying on her side dead. Her face had been ripped off. Chance had bite wounds on his face and neck. He was obviously trying to protect her. ....
This dog was described as a 3-year-old neutered AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE/BULLDOG CROSS in the first article I posted over 2 years ago.)

Mugsy,” the dog responsible for a vicious attack in Edgartown that left one miniature horse named Majik dead and another named Chance with wounds to his neck and body, will be destroyed.
Mugsy is owned by Adam and Christine Mahoney of Edgartown. Ma. Mahoney said the family is “absolutely shocked and saddened” and takes full responsibility for the dog’s action.
Mugsy is currently quarantined in the Edgartown dog pound where he has been since Sunday afternoon and will remain until his appointment with a vet. In a telephone conversation Monday, Mr. Mahoney told The Times that he and his wife had made the painful and difficult decision to make an appointment to put the dog down on May 20.
On Monday, Edgartown selectmen voted to declare Mugsy “a dangerous dog.” The designation insures that Edgartown animal control officer Barbara Prada has the authority to maintain control of Mugsy at all times. Ms. Prada told selectmen she would accompany the Mahoneys to the vet or would be present at the Mahoneys’ home if that can be arranged.
“We are trying to do everything as best and as correct as we can possibly do,” Mr. Mahoney said. “We came to the very tough decision that we will agree with the powers that be, and that’s what we’ll do.”
Acting on a tip Sunday morning, Edgartown animal control officer Barbara Prada, accompanied by two Edgartown police officers, went to the Mahoney home in the Island Grove section of Edgartown. Mr. Mahoney confirmed that “Mugsy” had gotten loose Saturday and returned home earlier Sunday morning bloody, muddy and with cuts all over his body.
She described Mugsy as a three-year-old MIXED BREED who exhibits characteristics of the OLD ENGLISH BULL DOG, a taller, sleeker variety of the more commonly known, "squatter bull dog".
A second dog owned by Mr. Mahoney, “Youke,” a pointer cross, was also loose but was clean, and did not play a role in the attack, Ms. Prada said. He is under a ten-day quarantine at the Mahoney’s home.
“He was just tagging along,” she said. “I think this was all Mugsy.”
Ms. Prada said she spoke with Ellen Harley, the owner of Majik on Sunday. “She was relieved to know we had found the dog,” Ms. Prada said.
Island Grove is not far from the farm on Meetinghouse Way where the daylight mauling took place, putting area residents and farmers on alert.
Ms. Prada said that at first she placed Mugsy on a short list of suspects but had no evidence on which to act Saturday. Asked to elaborate, she said that shortly after Mr. Mahoney adopted Mugsy from an animal shelter, he got loose last year and went to Morning Glory Farm where he bit a baby cow on the nose.
        “He’s a lovely, beautiful dog and very good with people,” the owner said.
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“That’s why I sort of suspected him,” she said. But there had been no further problems, and Mr. Mahoney has always been good about restraining the dog, she said.
Ms. Prada said that when she arrived at Mr. Mahoney’s house, it appeared that he knew something had happened. Ms. Prada said that, while shocked, Mr. Mahoney was very helpful.
Ms. Prada said Mugsy was friendly and licking her on the face. She said the incident is a strong reminder that even the friendliest family pet is not always predictable. People think their dog will not chase or harm livestock, she said, “but it’s a dog: it can.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ms. Prada said Mugsy was friendly and licking her on the face. She said the incident is a strong reminder that even the friendliest family pit bull is not always predictable. People think their pit bull will not chase or harm livestock, she said, “but it’s a pit bull: it can.”

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