They said the child was either trying to pet the dogs or jumped over the fence. Following the attack, one of the pit bulls charged an officer. The officer shot the dog but it kept running. It was later found and euthanized. Animal control has custody of the second pit bull. No charges have been filed. The investigation is ongoing. The driveway, located between pink and cream-colored homes at 56 and 58 Clare St., respectively, was decorated with flowers placed there to honor the boy.
The Lowell City Council passed an ordinance in June 2011 that limits pet owners to two pit bulls, which must be spayed or neutered. Owners also have to keep the dogs muzzled or secured in a temporary enclosure. They’re also banned from all military bases in the United States for being a “dangerous dog breed.” From 2005 to 2015, pit bull attacks caused 232 deaths, which accounted for 64 percent of all deaths caused by dog bites during that decade, according to the nonprofit organization DogsBite.