Pit bull mauls boy; dog euthanized

LIVERMORE FALLS — A pit bull that severely mauled an 11-year-old New York boy on Globe Street on Tuesday was euthanized by a veterinarian at the keeper’s request later in the day, police said.

The dog had been kenneled when Jessica Anderson, 32, of Globe Street in Livermore Falls, left a 12-year-old daughter baby-sitting three children that morning, Livermore Falls police Lt. Thomas Gould said. Sometime during the morning, the dog was released from the kennel, he said.

Anderson was watching the 1-year-old, brindle-and-white male named Diesel for a friend. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and being the keeper of a dangerous dog, Gould said.

The New York boy was visiting family friends at the residence off Souther Road when the attack occurred, Livermore Falls police officer Vern Stevens said. It was the second attack by the dog this month, he said.

The boy was mauled Tuesday on both legs in the ankle area and his abdomen, Stevens said.

“There was massive blood loss,” he said.

The 12-year-old girl was baby-sitting the boy and her two siblings, 7 and 3 months, when the attack occurred, Stevens said.

When Stevens arrived on the scene four minutes after the 12-year-old’s 911 call at 11:41 a.m., a neighbor, Raymond Roy, was holding the dog at bay with a pole lamp in the hallway of the home, Stevens said. Roy had gone into the home and grabbed the lamp and started beating the dog until it released the boy, Gould said.

“Roy saved the boy’s life,” Gould said. “I honestly don’t think he would have made it much longer."

Two more neighbors were tending the boy who was on the floor near the front door, he said.

“I had the neighbors get the boy out of the house and at that point, the person who was holding the dog at bay and myself started to back out of the residence and the dog started to lunge,” Stevens said. “I Tased him and it immobilized the dog enough so we could get out of the residence and secure it with the dog inside.”

The boy was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. He was listed in stable condition and was still in the operating room at 6 p.m., Gould said.

“He is badly injured,” he said.

The dog attacked a family member, an older teenager, on March 2, Stevens said. The teen was bitten in the face and arm and was taken to CMMC, he said.

The dog was quarantined for 10 days after the March 2 attack, Animal Control Officer Wayne Atwood said, and was checked out by a veterinarian.

When Anderson arrived home Tuesday, she put the dog in a kennel in the home and requested it be euthanized, Atwood said. The dog’s body will be taken to a state laboratory for testing, he said.


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Subject of school

Did anyone else not read he was from New York and visiting? I agree she should have been is school, but lets face it if you have relatives from New York visiting are you going to school?

No she should not have been babysitting.  All these children for an undisclosed amount of time.

Is the mother a loser? Does this make the story any worse or better? Or does it satify your need to put people down?

Are all ptbulls bad? No. Any dog can be aggressive, but this is usually seen as they grow and you can get rid of it if it tends to be that way. Yes they also can be trained this way as well, but it doesn't make the whole breed bad. My prays go to the boy and the others for being attacked and witnessing the attack there is more then one victim here.

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I am sorry but I have to stand up and say not all pitbulls are dangerous dogs. I have friends and they own bitbulls and they are very loving dogs... Someone must have done something to that dog for it to lash out like it did. I agree it shouldve been put down the first time the dog bit someone. Yes the owner should be charged with endangerment charges knowin her dog did it once before. That lil boy didnt deserve that. I hope he makes a speedy recovery. My prayers go out to him and hope his mom is never allowed to have a dog again. Thats just being an irresponsible parent... Not only was she irresponsible but 12 yrs old is to young to babysit. You can't even take babysitting classes thru the red cross until your 14 which is legal babysitting age.. Maybe Livermore did have a teachers workshop on Monday. So to all the ones thinking they should ban pitbulls all together think again cuz not all pits are bad pits some are very loving.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Pit bulls are like humans

Pit bulls are like humans with Tourette's Syndrome. One never knows when the bomb's gonna go off.

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One has to wonder why the 12

One has to wonder why the 12 year old wasn't in school. Wasn't it a school day?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Good point; Lewiston was out,

Good point; Lewiston was out, also.

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nice doggie

Here comes the lawyers lining up for a civil trial.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Drowning in their own saliva.

Drowning in their own saliva.


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