Dangerous dog put down

THE PIT Bull terrier that attacked a 12-year-old boy in Lagoa on February 22 has been put to sleep following a period of quarantine, according to the municipal vet.

The dog spent 15 days in quarantine while the national veterinary authority, Direcção-Geral de Veterinária, determined the dog’s future.

The announcement that he was to be put down came in the wake of another incident involving a dog who bit a child in Silves last Wednesday.

A four-year-old boy had been playing with a Pit Bull that he was familiar with when the dog bit him on the lip. The child was treated at Barlavento Hospital, in Portimão, and the father presented a case to the GNR.

The boy was released from hospital the same day but his father said that he is now afraid of dogs since the incident occurred. The dog’s owner has allegedly not taken the dog to the municipal vet to be quarantined and has been avoiding the police.

It is also believed that at the time of the incident, the dog’s owner did not have the necessary insurance paperwork for the Pit Bull, which is one of the breeds on the Potentially Dangerous Dog Register. However, it has been reported that the dog had been fully vaccinated.

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