“By Ryan McLaughlin, Special to the BDN
Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 10:31 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Having a pet around the house can be a joy unlike any other for a young child, especially a dog they can run and play with. But certain breeds of dogs aren’t as playful as others, and in the wake of two pit bull attacks by the same dog in the same home, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey is on a mission to keep dogs that are known to be aggressive, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers and German shepherds, away from kids.
“I’ve always had an issue with having a dog or families that have dogs that are not well-suited for the family,” Massey told the Bangor Daily News in a telephone interview Monday. “They don’t do research.”
Given the volatility of the issue, a Bangor Humane Society board member contacted at home Monday evening said the organization was reserving comment until more details about what Massey is proposing become available. “We have not seen Chief Massey’s statement,” the board member said. “Clearly, we may have a position on that, however, we would want to see it, read it and fully understand it before we were to take a position…”