MANSFIELD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) - Mansfield selectmen have voted to euthanize a dog that mauled a 6-year-old boy in town, an attack that required 400 stitches.
The board after hearing the recommendation of the animal control officer voted 3-2 on Wednesday night to have the 6-year-old pointer-hound mix put down.
The dog's owners say they will appeal the decision in court. FOX 25 spoke with 15-year-old Heather Bailey, the dog's owner and Christian's babysitter, prior to Wednesday's hearing. She said Milo has food aggression issues, but that he doesn't deserve to die.
The Bailey family said they were willing to put up a fence, submit to behavior training, or muzzle Milo.
The victim, Christian Herbert, was bitten on the face by the dog on Jan. 3 while the owner's teenage daughter was babysitting him.
The boy's mother, Dawn Herbert-Miller, said the experience has not only caused physical scars but lasting emotional ones. She says he calls himself "ugly."
The selectmen who voted against euthanization suggested sending the dog to a behavior training facility.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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