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Chelsea Building Residents: Owner Has Failed To Control Biting Dog

A German Shepard bares its teeth during Schutzhund attack dog training at Witmer-Tyson Imports February 14, 2002 in Newark, CA. The trial of Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel, whose two giant Presa Canario attack dogs killed 33-year-old Diane Whipple last January, is scheduled to begin on February 19, 2002 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A German Shepard bares its teeth during Schutzhund attack dog training at Witmer-Tyson Imports February 14, 2002 in Newark, CA. The trial of Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel, whose two giant Presa Canario attack dogs killed 33-year-old Diane Whipple last January, is scheduled to begin on February 19, 2002 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents of a building in Chelsea are fit to be tied, claiming an aggressive dog has bitten multiple people and the woman who owns the dog is not maintaining control.

As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, people in the building on West 27th Street said the woman who owns the dog – named Bolt – refuses to use a muzzle. So instead, they have tried to avoid the animal in the lobby and the elevators.

“He lurches, and he parks like crazy, and he shows teeth – and he literally is trying to get at you,” a resident said.

She said while she herself has not been bitten, several residents have — although they were not hurt.

Another man said he has seen the dog attack a person on the street.

“I’ve seen once – she’s there and the dog bites somebody – right, you know what I mean?” he said. “And she snatched the dog back – you know what I mean? But it looked like she can’t control the dog.”

Building residents said they have hired an attorney.

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it was investigating complaints, and could require the owner to use a muzzle or remove the animal from the building.

There was no comment to 1010 WINS from the dog’s owner, identified in the New York Daily News as Dr. Amy Bleyer. But Bleyer told the newspaper she adopted Bolt as a rescue pet from the North Shore Animal League, and has been taking him to a behavioralist.

Bleyer told the paper the dog has bonded with her 8-year-old son, who witnessed a difficult divorce.

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