Friday June 22, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The owners of the three dogs that attacked and injured a 9-year-old boy earlier this month have appealed the police chief's order to get rid of them.

A hearing before a clerk magistrate is set for Thursday. Until a decision is made on the appeal, the three pit bull terrier mixes will remain at the animal shelter where they have been held since the June 11 attack, according to police.

Perrin Petell and his mother, Jessyca, were walking into the rear entrance of a multi-family home at Ed ward and Malcolm avenues, when the boy opened the door to a common hallway. The three dogs burst out, dragged him down the stairs and continued their attack.

Perrin suffered bite wounds totaling 35 tooth punctures and lost part of his scalp. He was treated at Berkshire Med ical Center and released.

Police Capt. John Mullin said that the dog's owners, Lori Rohde and Adam Pollack, both 42, were there when the attack took place.

Jessyca and Perrin Petell have since moved.

Two days after the attack, Police Chief Michael J. Wynn declared the dogs "vicious," and ordered they be "re strained, removed or disposed of as necessary," which could consist of a plan other than euthanasia.

With the appeal filed by the dog's owners, the case will know go before a clerk magistrate in Central Berkshire District Court for a hearing.

According to Christopher Speranzo, the Central Berk shire District Court clerk magistrate, the hearing is not open to the public.

Mullin told The Eagle that if the order is upheld, it would be up to the owners to dispose of the animals. If they don't, "the city would be forced to take the animals from them for disposition," Mullin said.

After the attack the three dogs, an adult male, a 6-month-old male, and a pregnant female, were put under rabies quarantine for 10 days per state law at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in Pittsfield. The dogs were up-to-date on their rabies shots.

Anthony Petell, Perrin's father, told The Eagle that his son "desperately needs" closure in this matter.

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