HINGHAM, Mass. — An English mastiff dog that bit two customers at a
Hingham art gallery, including the wife of a Boston Red Sox pitcher, has been
ordered to be euthanized.
The Hingham Board of Selectman on Tuesday night unanimously voted to accept
the recommendation of the town's animal control officer and order the 8-year-old
female dog named Gabriella put down.
Before the vote, the board heard testimony from the victims, including
37-year-old Stacey Wakefield, the wife of Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield.
Wakefield was bitten inside the Hingham Square Gallery in June 2008. The other
woman was bitten last June.
The dog and another mastiff are owned by gallery owners Robert and Megan
Ullman, who were called "irresponsible" by town officials.
The Ullmans say their dog is not vicious and they will appeal in court.