Pittsfield boy mauled by 3 pit bulls | News
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - It was a vicious attack that had Jessyca Petell still shaking nearly 24 hours later.
"It was just so horrific - if you ask me to describe my worst nightmare this wouldn't come close," said the 29 year old mother.
Still in shock, Petell clutched onto her mother and grandmother's hands - describing the hell she went through as 3 pit bulls mauled her 9-year-old son Perrin.
"They were so relentless and vicious," she said.
It was about 9:15 Monday night when the dogs that live in the apartment above hers on Edward Avenue came barreling down the stairs, latched onto her little boy and wouldn't let go. They first began attacking him on the porch shared with their upstairs neighbors - the dogs' owners. The dogs dragged Perrin down stairs and into the grass where they continued to bite him. Eventually - though Jessyca doesn't recall how - she was able to pull her son away.
Tuesday his body was covered in wounds and wrapped in bandages. Even his head was wrapped. One of the pit bulls bit a golf-ball sized chunk out of his head. The family says the wound is so deep the doctors at Berkshire Medical Center packed it with gauze.
Asked what should happen to the dogs, Perrin's randfather Hugh Powers said, "They should be shot. They'll do it again. They'll do it again."
"Nobody should ever have to experience this," said Cheryl Powers, Perrin's grandmother.
Neither the owner of the dogs, Adam Pollack, or the landlord wanted to talk about what happened.
Neighbors say this isn't the first time dogs living at that house have caused problems in the neighborhood. Police confirm they've responded to 73 Edward Avenue for "dog issues" in the past.
The pit bulls are being held at the city animal shelter and will be quarantined for 10 days. It's unclear what will happen to the dogs after that. WNYT expects more information from Pittsfield Police Wednesday. No charges have been filed in this case so far.