Pit bull shot, killed by Lunenburg officer during mauling of 75-year-old man

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Lunenburg Police say an officer had no choice but shoot and kill a dog at the town’s animal control facility during a vicious mauling.

The pit bull was dead after a single gunshot was fired Monday around noon.

According to police, the dog clamped down on the victim’s arm and wouldn’t let go.

Neighbors say the 75-year-old victim is the husband of Lunenburg’s animal control officer. He was taken to the hospital by helicopter with serious injuries all over his body, including his face.

“The police showed up eventually and had to kill the dog. That means how long was Wayne being mauled by this dog?” questioned neighbor Leland Ritchie.

Animal Control staff attempted to intervene but couldn’t get the dog to stop biting the victim.

“Absolutely horrified,” said neighbor Pamela Ewen-Pospisil.

Police said the dog was taken in as a stray and had shown no previous signs of aggression since being housed at the facility on Thursday.

Officers are still trying to locate the dog’s owner.

The condition of the victim, who is being treated at UMass Memorial in Worcester, has not yet been released.

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