On the evening of July 20, a man who said he was a Marine walked into Game On on Lansdowne Street with what he said was an emotional-support dog. By the time he left, police and bar managers said, he slapped one woman in the face, punched a bouncer twice and unleashed his now snarling dog on the crowd, urging it to bite everybody.
In the end, the dog bit just one person, the manager, whom it chomped in the buttocks when he attempted to grab its leash, police and the manager said.
According to police and the bar, the man was talking to two women at the bar, when he became argumentative, to the point of slapping one of them. A bouncer moved in to get him out, at which point the man punched the bouncer in the chest and the chin, after which "he yelled at the dog to bite people in the bar," Officer James Lydon testified. The manager was then bit.
Game On declined to press charges and the man did not show up for the hearing. The board decides Thursday whether to take any action, but board Chairwoman Christine Pulgini doubted it would. The manager has gotten whatever shots he needed, bar attorney Dennis Quilty said.
"I'm just wondering if the emotional support dog needs an emotional support dog," he added.