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MANCHESTER — Timber has returned home.

The dog, whose return to Vanessa Roberts’ family hinged on strict conditions to prevent future biting incidents, was released from his town-ordered boarding on May 6, Police Chief Patrick J. Owens said.

Roberts confirmed Timber's return in a text message on Wednesday.

"All of us including Timber are very happy," she said. 

The conditions, set by the Manchester Select Board after a public hearing, included building a secure enclosure behind the family house, where the dog is to be kept when not indoors, and payment of boarding fees and fines. 

If Timber leaves the property, he must be kept on a leash and muzzled. He is also banished from town parks and area schools, and Roberts must keep his license and rabies shots up to date, the board said. 

During the hearing, the Select Board found that Timber, a pit bull terrier, had assaulted Clarissa Blaisdell of Londonderry, who was visiting the family’s Manchester property on March 29. Blaisdell required medical attention for bite wounds.

Blaisdell testified that she was at the foot of the driveway when the attack happened, while Roberts maintained that Blaisdell was closer to the house.  

The Select Board also found that Roberts had violated the town dog ordinance by failing to keep Timber’s license and shots up to date. Roberts said an appointment for Timber's shots had been previously set for early April. 

Timber had never bitten anyone before, Roberts told the board, but was known to be defensive around people he doesn’t know. The dog was attacked by another dog years ago, and that incident affected him, she said.


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