Dangerous dog euthanized following court appeal

Aug 17, 2022

MARION — A dog deemed dangerous by the Town of Marion was euthanized following an appeal by the owners.

A special meeting of the Marion select board was canceled on Monday, Aug. 15 where, according to town administrator James McGrail, an adoption plan would have been discussed but ultimately it “didn’t work out,” he said.

“It was not a fun day for us yesterday,” said McGrail after an Aug. 16 meeting of the Marion select board.

Stella, a 130-pound mastiff, owned by MacDonald and his wife, Jennifer, was ordered to be euthanized at a Marion select board meeting on July 9 after she attacked and injured another dog while unmuzzled on May 17 in Watertown, Conn.

On July 19, Stella’s owners appealed the select board’s decision at Wareham District Court. The court ruled in favor of the town on July 20, overturning the MacDonalds’ appeal and upholding the decision that Stella be euthanized.

According to David MacDonald, Stella’s owner, the town reached out to them on Monday Aug. 8 with an offer to rehouse the dog in a shelter.

“They took the opportunity to throw a life line out,” said MacDonald. “I said, ‘Of course our objective is to keep the dog alive.’”

MacDonald stated that when he did not hear back from the town, he offered suggestions to move the dog out of the state.

According to MacDonald, the town did not respond. “The next email I got was that she was killed Monday morning [Aug. 15].”