East Sandwich police say an unidentified woman has been taken to the hospital after having her lip bitten off by a dog.
The Cape Cod Times reports that police and fire officials were called at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday for a reported dog bite with injury.
Occupants of the home told police that a 43-year-old woman had been bitten by a pit bull/boxer mix and that her lower lip was bitten off by the dog.
She was taken to South Shore Hospital Trauma Center by Sandwich fire officials.
Police say Sandwich animal control officers have secured the dog and are investigating.
No other details were immediately available Sunday.
A Lowell dog owner faces animal cruelty charges after his German shepherd was found with duct tape wrapped around its muzzle.
Lowell police were called to 15 Grand St. after someone reported seeing a dog with tape over its mouth, the Lowell Sun reported.
The owner told police the family became overwhelmed by the dog when it got much bigger and harder to handle than they anticipated, the paper reported.
Police said other than the tape, the dog appeared to be in good condition and well cared for.
Animal Control took possession of the dog pending the outcome of the criminal case.
The owner will be summonsed to court to face a single count of animal cruelty, police said. His name has not been released.
FRYEBURG, Maine — A 5-year-old boy was hospitalized with serious injuries after the family pit bull mauled him Tuesday morning.
Fryeburg police say the boy was lying on the floor and petting the dog when it snapped at him and bit him in the face.
The boy was taken to an area hospital, then transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was in satisfactory condition on Tuesday night.
Police say the dog was euthanized by a local veterinarian, and they believe its rabies shots were not up to date. Tests are being performed on the dog’s remains to determine if it had rabies.
Nobody has been charged in the incident.
An Oregon family had to call 911 to save them from their 22-pound cat.
The cat had attacked a 7-month-old baby Sunday night. The baby was OK, but the family had to take refuge in a bedroom as the cat continued to rage outside, Portland TV station KATU reported.
“I kicked the cat in the rear and it has went off over the edge and we aren’t safe around the cat,” Lee Palmer said in a 911 call.
“The cat, we don’t know what to do about the cat. He’s trying to attack us. When I leave the bedroom to let the police in, I’m gonna have to fight this cat.”
Officers had to use a dog snare to capture the cat and put it in a crate, The Associated Press reported.
The owners said the cat has a history of violence. It remains with the family in Portland.
DERRY, N.H. — Fire officials in Derry said a man and a dog were killed in a house fire early Friday morning.
A passerby spotted the flames, and crews were called to the home on Island Pond Road around 1 a.m.
Firefighters noticed a vehicle in the driveway, which led them to believe someone was inside.
Officials said the victim was a man, and they think he was the homeowner.
“Once the autopsy is completed, we will be able to release the identity of the victim and the cause and manner of death,” Deputy Fire Marshal Max Schultz said.
There is no word on what sparked the flames.
“We’re taking a look at the living room area of the home, and we will be working in there later today to try to look at all the fire patterns and determine where the cause of the fire was,” Schultz said.
According to the fire chief, the cold weather made it difficult to battle the blaze.
“We had a two-alarm fire, and it made it very difficult for the companies to operate,” Chief George Klauber said. “We were able to get water to the scene with a tanker relay with surrounding towns. But certainly the cold weather made it difficult for firefighters to operate at the scene tonight.”
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A valued veteran of the Pittsfield Police Department credited with saving two lives during his career has died.
Chief Michael Wynn said in a statement Monday that Nero, the department’s German shepherd, died recently after a long illness.
Nero spent eight years with the department.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that in 2009, Nero found a woman who wandered from a homeless shelter in freezing temperatures. Nero located the woman trying to keep warm in a pile of leaves.
In 2012, Nero tracked an elderly man who had wandered from home in freezing temperatures. The dog traced the man two miles to a barn where he was trying to keep warm.
Nero is also credited with apprehending numerous felons and helping find more than 40 pounds of illegal drugs.
EAST SANDWICH, Mass. —Two cows that were wandering on a Cape Cod highway were struck and killed by a car Thursday night.
The animals were struck in East Sandwich on Route 6A, according to the Cape Cod Times, after police received several calls about the cows.
The driver of the car was not injured.
It was not clear who owned the cows.