DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In Dayton, questions surround the death of a Chihuahua, Manny, that witnesses said was mauled to death by his neighbor’s dog.
It’s one of many dogs attacked this year.
In the last year and a half, there have been at least three people killed during dog attacks.
And last weekend’s mulling is raising questions about pit bulls and their potential threat to communities.
2 NEWS spoke to the family members Monday and they’re demanding dogs owners be more responsible.
The event unfolded when a next-door neighbor called 9-1-1.
“‘Dispatcher: Regional Dispatch Center, how can I help you?’ ‘Caller: Yeah I’ve got loose pit bulls killing my neighbors’ dog'”
That’s when David Witt alerted Randy Bond and his family that their mother’s beloved Manny was being attacked.
“The two pit bulls was in the yard here and had Manny and they dragged him across the yard there to the fence and uh they just ripped his neck out got up under his armpit and they killed him,” recounted Bond, son of Stepahnie George, who owned the dog for about a year.
George hasn’t been able to pay her final respects; she’s in Tennessee as her father battles a terminal illness.
Bond said the account of Manny’s death has been horrifying and comes at a tough time for the family.
Randy and his wife tried to save their dog, but soon after the two pit bulls tried to attack the couple so they ran off and watched as their pet was killed.
Officials did take the two dogs from the 100 block of East Maplewood Avenue.
Randy said the dogs should have been under control.
“They’re big dogs. They could have jumped the fence or anything… it’s just… it’s just something else,” said Bond. “I believe it’s all how they’re raised.”
The Animal Resource Center said owners must train their dogs for all social environments to keep everyone safe.
“Anytime you’re animal outside you want to be out supervising the animal or having it be outside in the confines of your own yard,” said Bob Sexton.
2 NEWS did try to speak with the pit bulls’ owner, but they declined; however, witnesses we spoke with have confirmed no one was supervising the dogs at the time of the attack.
Animal Resource Center officials advise that if you see an attack happening, immediately call authorities.
They also warn that stepping into to the attack could mean sustaining injuries sometimes even deadly ones.