Labradoodle Dog Deemed Vicious At Hearing

The following is based on reports from the Portsmouth Police Department.

A labradoodle dog has been deemed vicious after allegedly biting a Portsmouth jogger in the leg this past September. 

Portsmouth police say a 27-year-old Portsmouth woman was jogging along Islington Avenue when a labradoodle ran out and bit her on the leg. 

The injury caused a larceration on the leg. The victim was medically treated for the injury. 

Under state law, a vicious dog hearing was held this past Friday at Town Hall. Officials at the hearing determined the dog to be vicious. 

The owner, Paul McKenna, must now comply with the following requirements under the state's vicious dog law

  • The dog must be tattooed or micro-chipped for tracking purposes; 
  • Install a notification sign of dog on property; 
  • Notify police if the dog is loose; 
  • Keep the dog on leash or muzzle when off property; 
  • Keep the dog on leash or in an enclosed space when on property; 
  • Notify police in both former and new town of any change of address; 
  • And, under law, cannot sell or give the dog away. 

What do you think about the regulations for vicious dogs? Do you think the law goes too far or not far enough? Tell us in the comment section. 

Peter Richtmyer October 24, 2012 at 08:51 PM
ANY dog that bites someone jogging or who is not on private property should be considered "vicious". Next time it could be a child, and it could be worse.
Meaghan Edwards October 24, 2012 at 09:38 PM
"Labradoodles" can indeed be vicious. I would know. Working as a dog groomer's assistant, I was nearly bit in the face by one from preventing him from hanging himself in the tub. All breeds and mixes are capable of attacking; all owners need to be responsible for their pets, regardless of breed or mix.
Kristen Correia October 25, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Wow. Portsmouth for 43 years. I totally.agree. Something should have been done. Some dogs stay in their yard without a leash but the majority will scare people away anf sounds like this one was mkre than scary!
ralph October 26, 2012 at 02:12 PM
The dog should not run loose. The owner should have some sort of electric fence installed. You can pick one up at any Lowes or Home Depot for like $150. Installed they work wonders from keeping dogs within a perimeter.
SIP October 26, 2012 at 06:40 PM
If this dog were a pitbull,rest assured it would have been front page news,and the owner would not have been given the opportunity to comply with the state laws concerning vicious dogs.They would demand the dog be killed.


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