A PIT BULL and a Goldendoodle were in an altercation on Sunday at the off-leash Melrose Dog Park, resulting in three bite wounds around the Goldendoodle’s right ear and eye.
Just after noon at the East Knoll on Lynn Fells Parkway, the pit bull confronted the
Goldendoodle and the latter sustained non-life threatening injuries.
One of the Goldendoodle’s owners was nipped on the finger trying to break up the fight.
“Obviously, it was very disturbing to hear about,” said Melrose Dog Society president Grant Barton. “We are glad that a lot of the park attendees did intervene when they saw the dogs acting aggressively.”
According to one of the Goldendoodle’s owners, who is a Melrose resident, multiple people began kicking the pit bull as it held the Goldendoodle by the ear, and one man ultimately shoved a stick up the pit bull’s rear to get it to stop.
The pit bull’s owners, Rob and Danielle Ferraro of Reading, said their dog was injured as a result and was taken to a veterinarian.
Melrose Police received a call about the incident at 12:28 p.m. and arrived at the park after the incident had concluded.
“We’re all lucky this didn’t turn out differently,” said the Melrose owner, who was at the park with her husband and their 3-year-old son. “I don’t want this to get blown out of proportion, but I am thankful and I feel blessed that our dog is not injured any more than she is.”
Animal Control Officer Coral Hope reached out Monday to the Animal Control Officer in Reading, who said the pit bull had been placed under a 10-day quarantine.
Barton said he had spoken with the Melrose owners but also hoped to hear the Reading owners’ perspective. The Melrose Dog Society plans to discuss the incident further with Hope before determining whether to ban the pit bull, conditionally or permanently, from the park.
“Most likely, this dog won’t be allowed back in the dog park,” Hope said. “There’s really not more we can do besides that.”
The Melrose owner stressed that, while she does not wish ill on the pit bull or its owners, the owners should be held accountable for their dog’s actions.
“We all have a responsibility when we’re using the dog park,” she said. “If you know that your dog is aggressive, the dog should not be in a dog park. Know your dog, use good judgment. That’s the bottom line.”