May 21, 2018
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Belfast man cited after German shepherd bites mother, child

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — After his German shepherd attacked a mother and child last week, a local man has been issued a civil violation for keeping a dangerous dog.

Phillip Knox, 40, usually keeps his dog chained to the kitchen floor of his Harvey Road residence, according to a report from the Belfast Police Department and the city’s animal control officer.

But last Friday, the animal darted out the door when Knox’s teenage son went outside. Although the teen immediately tried to grab the dog, the animal heard children playing up a hill and ran toward the noise. The dog bit a 9-year-old girl on the leg, according to the police report. When the child’s mother went to help and to try to get the dog away from the girl, she was bitten on her wrist and suffered puncture wounds.

The child’s injuries required stitches, according to police.

The teen pulled the dog off the victims as soon as he could, said Officer Wendell Ward.

“He was terribly upset that this happened,” he said Friday.

The dog is in quarantine because its rabies shot was a month late.

“Whether or not the dog will be destroyed hasn’t been determined yet,” Ward said.

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