Edgartown selectmen rule on dog attack


Edgartown selectmen agreed unanimously Monday to order pit bull owner Kyle Byrne of 3A Boylston Drive to post a $200 bond for a year on the dog. The dog attacked a pedestrian on Land Bank property, and the selectmen ordered that if the dog is involved in another incident, Mr. Byrne will forfeit the bond.

Edgartown animal control officer Barbara Prada recommended the order, after investigating a June 1 dog attack by Mr. Byrne’s dog.

Mr. Byrne, who did not attend the selectmen’s meeting, owns another dog in addition to the animal involved in the attack. Selectmen also ordered that the two dogs be restrained on leashes at all times and that a fence, approved by Ms. Prada, be constructed on the property within 30 days.

Catherine Bonham told the selectmen that Mr. Byrne’s pit bull attacked her while she was walked on the Land Bank’s Tarkiln Path, along Boylston Drive. She was not seriously injured.

Ms. Bonham told selectmen that she was scared not only for her own safety but for the safety of other people walking on the trail as well. “It’s a scary dog, and so I just want to make sure that whoever walks by isn’t scared to walk by, thinking ‘is it going to get out?'” She said she has not been on Tarkiln Path since her attack.

In other business, selectmen aproved a seasonal beer and wine license for the Right Fork Diner in Katama. Selectmen asked that the description on the diner’s liquor license be adjusted to specify exactly where beer and wine is allowed on the property.

Selectmen also announced the winners of the Fourth of July Parade float contest. The grand prize went to the Boys and Girls Club, the prize for the best float went to Rising Tide, the prize for most patriotic entry went to Youth Hockey, the prize for most original went to Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, and the special prize went to Camp Jabberwocky.