‘Vicious’ dog removed from LudlowMay 14,2013By Christian Avard
LUDLOW — A “vicious” dog has been removed from the town of Ludlow despite assurances from the owner that the dog is safe.
The Select Board voted Thursday to remove “Stella,” a female German shepherd, from the town after the dog attacked a woman on April 26. The dog’s owner is Anne-Marie Hanson who lives at 132 Ranta Road in Ludlow.
According to the minutes of the Select Board meeting, Ludlow Police Officer Jonathan Waldman reported that Linda Hastings of Mount Holly was out on a run on Ranta Road and was bitten by Stella, according to an eyewitness.
Waldman said Hastings “had gauze on her face with puncture wounds and a laceration” and reportedly required 25 stitches, according to Select Board member Bruce Schmidt. Hanson said she and her boyfriend James Reichard of Stamford, Conn., held Stella back when Hastings ran by the first time, but admitted that Stella was not on a leash
when Hastings ran by the second time.
At the hearing, Town Animal Control Officer Steve Laskevich told the Select Board that “people do not walk or run on Ranta Road anymore” because of Stella’s aggression. He added that it “affects people from Jackson Gore” and his wife “who won’t walk the road anymore.”
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