Unleashed Big Dog Scares Boy Causing Child to Fall, Get Scrapes at Millennium Park

The saga of unleashed dogs continues at Millennium Park. This time an impressionable 4-year-old child fell and got scrapes.


A man told Boston Police that while at Millennium Park an unleashed big dog ran past his 4-year-old son, startling the boy, causing him to fall and get scrapes on his right elbow and right knee. 

Around 6:01 p.m. on Oct. 20, the man said while he and his son were playing in the picnic area of the upper field an unleashed big black dog came running towards them. The owner was a white female in her 40s, alleged the father. 

The man told police that the dog continued running by after making no contact with his son, according to a Boston Police report. The dog's owner allegedly stopped and apologized to the dad before leaving the park with the canine.

Boston EMS was offered to the boy, but the father declined.

Previously, there were discussions of creating a dog park at Millennium Park, but due to the space being landfill and a former dump, it was deemed unsuitable for a dog park because dogs dig.

Erik Boston October 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Is this seriously news? The man who reported this must have been breast fed until he was 15.
DJ Grace October 26, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I have several comments and corrections regarding this article. First, I am confused as to why this picture has been used with this article as the boy in the photo is not the boy who fell down; the photo was taken of another boy with his family and their off-leash dog inside the play area. Secondly, the reason as to why a dog park can't be built at Millennium is because the park was built on top of a dump and is a capped site, not because "dogs dig." A capped sight requires both state and federal waivers and approvals. Finally, while the dog startled the boy as he ran by, he made no contact with the boy and the owner apologized. The boy could have just as easily been startled by the bicyclists and roller bladers who whiz around the park. I have been startled many times by bikers and bladers who suddenly ride up behind me & want to pass without having given any kind of a heads-up that they are are coming.
Jane Doe October 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
How on earth does this get filed as a police report? There was no crime here. The dog didn't touch the child, from the dog didn't hurt anybody, the woman apologized. At best this is a complaint. And then to make it in to this "news report". It's always been evident that the editor of this blog which is what this really is) has always been anti dogs and will publish anything negative to get the pot stirring.
David Ertischek October 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I thought this police report was interesting and apparently judging by the Facebook likes, others feel the same way. I'm not against dogs - far from it. I was actually instrumental in helping get devocalization banned in Massachusetts - the first state to do so. I was able to put pressure on a politician who was stalling the legislation in committee. Ask Parkway Vet about me, or Jack Kennedy at The Continental. I love animals, and actually volunteered as an animal keeper aide at Franklin Park Zoo and fed the lion, tigers and other animals. I would like to see a dog park in southwest Boston, or West Roxbury. Police respond to a lot of things, with some being more serious than others. I'm not passing judgment on anyone, just reporting things I think folks may find interesting.
Joe October 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
screw the dogs


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