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Jan. 24, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Dog owners thank neighbors for helping in crisis

On Dec. 28, my husband was walking our little rat terrier mix dog as he does every day around 4 p.m. They only walk about three blocks now because when she was 11 years old and weighed about 12 pounds, he had a massive heart attack and he is 76 years old but in good health.

We live on Hughes Street in Westmoreland. They had just passed a child care center when a pit bull dog came out of a nearby yard. The yard had a fence, however there were spaces on both sides where it was not attached to the neighboring fences.

The dog grabbed our sweet little dog. My husband sprayed it with mace and tried to punch and pull the dog off, however it wouldn't let go until it had squeezed our dog to death. Neighbors came out of their houses to help, one person even had his pistol, but since there was so much mace in the air they couldn't get close enough.

One of the neighbors called animal control, and someone else even tried to call 9-1-1, however unless a human is bitten they don't get involved. Animal control was quick to respond. The owners denied their dog doing this at first, but with the yellow stain of mace on the dog it was difficult to deny. The owner started walking away from the Animal Control gentlemen, however he told him to come back. The owners were given a citation for their dog being out of the yard without a leash and told that if the dog attacks again it would be put down.

We want to thank the people who came out and tried to help. Also we want to warn anyone around the daycare to watch out for this dog.

Patricia Dudding




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