the dog's name is Bella. I know, because this dog attacked me on the evening of Nov 26 2012 (less than 4 months ago), lunging up my hand as I pulled up and away on my dog's leash. I can only guess that the dog was originally going after my dog, but when she lunged at my hand, it was clear that she was attacking me. I have the scars from the three puncture wounds, and the 1 week course of antibiotics I had to go on as a result of a serious skin infection that resulted. I reported it that night to the PD, and a very caring and attentive animal control officer was at my house within 15 min. after taking a report from me, he then visited the owner of the dog, and called me the next day to confirm that the dog was current on rabies vaccination, was put on a 2week quarantine, and the owner fined $100 . That fine was not nearly enough, apparently, at least not as a deterrent, because last night the dog was off leash again, this time more than a block away from the owner's house. A man holding a leash, more than a half block away called after the dog, who didn't respond. Fortunately, the dog did not further pursue me and my dog. Today, I called the PD to report it, and the dispatch officer -- Standish -- said that I would have to be home between the hours of 8am and 4pm in order to report it, because Animal Control would not respond to a report of a dog off leash. I'm never home on weekdays during those hours -- I work! When I inquired, "even a dog with a history of attacking people?", Standish said, "sorry, that's protocol." I could try on the weekend, when I'm home. What this means is that a dog with a known history of aggression towards other dogs and people will be at large in our community, and my effort at exhibiting proper civic responsibility does me or my fellow West Haven citizens any good, because of the PD protocol.