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Athol attorney to seek administrative search warrant

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliLillie, a female retriever mix, has been ordered by a vote of the Athol Board of Selectmen to be humanely euthanized after biting two people. Lillie's owner, Eric F. Lewiey has until July 31 to file an appeal in Orange District Court.



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

ATHOL — The town’s attorney said the whereabouts of a dog ordered by the Athol Selectboard to be humanely euthanized are unknown.

John Barrett said at Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting he plans to soon visit Orange District Court to get an administrative search warrant and impoundment order to help locate Lillie, a female pit bull mix accused of biting at least two people and several dogs.

“We don’t really know where the dog is, at least that is my understanding,” he said.

Barrett said the euthanization order, made on July 17, was not properly appealed by the dog owner, Eric F. Zewiey, 53, of 399 Unity Ave. The vote came three months after the Selectboard deemed the dog dangerous and ordered it to be restrained at all times. Zewiey had until July 31 to file an appeal in Orange District Court. He insists he made the deadline, but Clerk Magistrate Joella E. Fortier disputes this.

Zewiey previously said he is trying to raise the money to hire Jeremy Cohen of Boston Dog Lawyers, a Beverly-based law firm that defends dogs and their owners.

Euthanization via veterinarian is allowed by state law.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 258. On Twitter: @DomenicPoli