No charges are expected from Haverhill Police after the owner of a miniature poodle Sunday evening shot and wounded a pit bull attacking his pet when the pit bull’s owner could not control his dog.
The incident occurred at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, in a park at the rear of 52 Washington St., according to Haverhill Police Captain Robert P. Pistone, police spokesperson. A male resident reported a Haverhill resident and a teenage son were walking their mini poodle in the park when two pit bulls charged toward the son who had the mini poodle in his possession.
“The owner of the pit bulls came to the area where one of the pit bulls was biting the mini poodle,” Pistone told WHAV. “The adult owner of the mini poodle told the owner of the pit bull to control the dogs. The owner could not control the pit bulls and the owner of the mini poodle shot the pit bull in the rear quarter.”
“The teenage son was also bit in the process,” Pistone added.
The mini poodle’s owner was properly licensed for the gun and no charges were brought, Pistone said. However, that owner was cited for failure to license the mini poodle. The owner of the pit bulls was also cited for failure to license, failure to leash, and failure to vaccinate.