Labradoodle declared vicious after attack in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH— A dog that bit and injured a passing jogger in Portsmouth was judged vicious by a three-person panel last Friday, Sept. 19. The dog, a labradoodle (part Labrador retriever, part poodle), must now be kept confined or leashed and muzzled at all times, among other stipulations.

Back in September, a 27-year-old woman was jogging on Islington Avenue on Common Fence Point when Portsmouth police say the dog darted out and bit her in the leg causing a laceration wound that required treatment. The dog is owned by Paul McKenna, a resident of Islington Avenue.

As a result, a three-person panel was picked to determine the dog's fate and a hearing was held in town. State law requires that the panel consist of the chief of police or his designee, the executive director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and a person chosen by the police chief and executive director of the SPCA.

In addition to confinement, state law requires that dogs deemed vicious must be insured and must receive a tattoo or identifying micro chip, and its owner must notify police immediately if the dog gets loose, must inform police of any change of address, and mat not sell or give the dog away.

If the owner does not comply with the requirements, the dog will be destroyed.


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