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Dogs run loose

Jessica Cuffman • May 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Scooter still wags his tail and whines when he sees strangers he wants to meet, dogs included.

But the Jack Russell’s owner is much more cautious. 

Paul Aviles, 64, won’t walk Scooter at Battery Park anymore, as that’s where the dog was attacked by two pit bulls last month.

For his part, Aviles’ hands are still healing from the bites he sustained while shielding Scooter from the attacking dogs.

Scooter’s fur is still thin over much of his body, with patchy spots where veterinarians shaved him to treat dozens of wounds.

While numbers from area police departments don’t show an increase in dog attacks this year, public officials say there are definitely more animals running loose.

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