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Judge orders pit bull put to death for attacking boy

A pit bull that attacked and severely injured a 10-year-old boy last week was classified as a "dangerous dog" Tuesday as a City Court judge ordered it to be put to death.

No criminal charges were filed against Amanda Munt, 33, of Allen Street, who had owned the dog for only a few days.

Munt agreed without comment to the "dangerous dog" classification.

She also pleaded guilty to an unlicensed dog violation, and Judge Thomas DiMillo ordered her to pay a $75 fine.

Marcea Person, who was still the dog's registered owner at the time of the attack, also initially was charged in the case.

Person told police that Munt had been warned about the dog's aggressive behavior and against allowing it off a leash around strangers.

When Munt told DiMillo that she was the owner of the dog, charges were dismissed against Person.

The dog, a 2-year-old pit bull named Trouble, knocked down and bit Blake Gandy of Lock Street in the face last week when he came to the home selling candy bars for his youth football team, according to Jillian Bartholomew, the boy's mother.

Lockport Police Capt. Michael Neithe said he consulted with the District Attorney's Office about the case. Officials determined it was was not a criminal matter, but "just a terrible accident," he said.

Bartholomew said her son was taken to Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo, where he needed 60 stitches to close wounds around his left cheek and mouth.

Blake and his mother came to court to speak to prosecutor Matthew Brooks about the case, and Bartholomew showed pictures of her son before surgery with two open wounds on his left cheek in the shape of a large dog's mouth.

"My cousin opened the door," Blake told the prosecutor. "He was trying to hold the dog back, then it jumped off the couch, and his teeth grabbed my shirt and pulled me down. Then he bit me on the face. He tried to go for my neck."

Bartholomew said her son is healing fast, but "he has his moments."

"He froze yesterday when he saw a woman walking a pit bull," Bartholomew said.

"I love pits, but not that one," Blake said of the dog that attacked him.

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