Handling of Dog Attack Leaves Resident Frustrated
Michael Crimmings says "the public should be made aware of what happens if you're attacked by a dog."
Michael Crimmings says he and his dog Riley walk three times per day, often through their Westborough neighborhood.
"All the neighborhood kids love my dog. 'Here comes Riley'. They'll all come out, running," Crimmings says.
"He'll sit there. He loves it. Loves getting patted. All he wants to do is make people happy."
A dog bite during one neighborhood stroll one evening last month has Crimmings scratching his head.
Crimmings says that another dog bit and injured Riley on the backside, unprovoked, on Aug. 3. On-call animal control officer Less Boardman cited the owner of the other dog, John Carruthers, of 7A Mayberry Drive, for having an uncontrolled dog, according to the Westborough Police report. Crimmings says Carruthers was fined $100 for this, and $60 for having an unlicensed dog.
Crimmings says "the public should be made aware of what happens if you're attacked by a dog."
"It makes no sense. If I told you a story of a man who was attacked by a dog while they were standing and sitting on the sidewalk and all they got was a $160 fine, does that sound right? Does it?" Crimmings asked during a recent interview.
"All I can do is advocate for my dog. I don't think the town's against me. I just think they're doing what they have to do.
"I tell you. If my dog ever did that, I'd be down on my knees, right then and there. And my dog would go that day. Now, I have to take walks by myself. And people ask me where my dog is."
Police were called to Crimmings' home, 1 Holmes St., at 8:09 p.m. Aug. 3, according to Patrolman Richard Trainor's report.
Michael and Carolyn Crimmings said Michael and Riley were walking in front of the senior housing on Mayberry Drive "when a brown dog ran across the field and attacked" Riley, Trainor wrote.
Carolyn Crimmings reported the "same dog also went after her in early spring," Trainor wrote.
"Michael and Carolyn Crimmings both made demands that the owner be arrested for assault," Trainor wrote.
"I attempted to explain the procedure which is followed for animal complaints, but they were not deterred in their insistence. They complained that their issue was not being given the attention it deserved."
Trainor wrote that he then went to Carruthers' address.
"He readily admitted to the incident and stated that he was playing with his three-year-old grandson and his dog Jackson in the rear of their apartment. The dog slipped out of his collar and did run toward the other dog," Trainor wrote.
"Mr. Carruthers stated the other owner began kicking out at his dog. He tried to tell him to stop and let him get his dog. Mr. Carruthers stated that the other owner balled up his fists as if he wanted to fight him. He took his dog and returned to his home. He stated the incident lasted a few seconds."
Crimmings told Westborough Patch that "I'm sure the guy (Carruthers) is not happy about it."
"You'd think he'd say, 'Sorry,'" Crimmings said.
"The police gave me his name, but I'm not going to call him. I don't want to see this guy again."