‘There Was Blood Everywhere’
LOWELL -- It came “out of nowhere.”
An unleashed dog attacked 24-year-old Killian Minch and his dog, Blue, near the intersection of 10th and Myrtle streets in Centralville Wednesday night, according to Minch and the Lowell Police Department, which took a report on the incident.
The story -- and pictures -- attracted attention on local social media.
Minch said he was walking Blue on a leash on a familiar route near their house around 9 p.m. when an unleashed dog approached. By city ordinance, dogs must be leashed in public areas except in officially designated areas, like dog parks.
“It was kind of like a dark patch and then out of nowhere a big pit bull came out and started attacking my dog,” he said.
Blue is about 5 years old and also a pit bull, but, at about 45 pounds, is smaller than the one that attacked, according to Minch. He said he punched the other dog to break up the fight, then, after it bit his arm, tried to kick the dog away.
“There was blood everywhere,” Minch said. “I’ve never seen a scene like that.”
Eventually the fight was broken up. A man and a woman took the attacking dog and drove away, he said.
Minch reported the incident to police that night. In an email, Lowell police Capt. James Hodgdon said the investigation was closed since the identity of the dog owner is unknown, but could be reopened if new information comes to light.
“Victim and witness (were) unable to provide registration of vehicle dog owner entered after incident,” Hodgdon wrote.
The day after the attack, Minch said he got a rabies shot and took Blue to the vet for medical attention.
“Her leg and her paw are all scratched up pretty bad and her ear is pretty bad too,” he said.
Minch said unleashed dogs have previously attacked Blue on their walks, but these dogs are generally smaller and not a threat.
Others in the city have reported similar experiences. In June, a dog attack at 53 Loring St. left a woman and her dog injured.
in October 2017, a 7-year-old Lowell boy was killed by a pit bull after the child entered a fenced-in area on Clare Street, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office reported. The dog that attacked the child was later euthanized.
Jill O’Connell, executive director of the Lowell Humane Society, recommends owners follow all laws related to their animals, including leashing their dogs when out of the house.
“If you own an animal, we would ask you to keep your animal up to date on vaccinations and abide by the law,” she said.
She advises people walking dogs should be aware of their surroundings. When walking in an area where dogs are often unleashed, like parks, she suggests having at least two people on the walk.
If people know of “nuisance” dogs that show aggressive behaviors, O’Connell suggests reporting them before there is an incident. Dogs who are reactive to leashes can be referred to a trainer, she said.
Follow Elizabeth Dobbins on Twitter @ElizDobbins.