One Elkhart teenager was forced to watch her dog be attacked by two pit bulls in her own front yard. Now, the teen and her family want to make sure others on their block do not have to deal with the same tragedy.
“It’s not only for the animals but any neighbor here that has children or grandchildren,” said Luz Palacios, owner of the dog who was attacked. “If the dogs get loose and bite somebody...that is something you do not want to deal with.”
The Palacios’ 15-year-old daughter had tied their dog Ky’s leash to a tree in their front yard then headed inside the house. Two pit bulls from a home across the street made their way onto the Palacios’ property and started biting Ky.
“When she went inside, she saw through the window that there were two brown things around the dog,” Palacios said. “There was a lot of commotion, a lot of noise, barking and whining.”
The teen tried to scare off the two dogs by spraying them with a water hose. Still, the two dogs were not responsive and continued to attack the beagle. Arianna Palacios then rushed over to a neighbor’s house to ask for help.
“She came outside alone,” said Palacios, who was at a doctor’s appointment at the time. “They could have turned around and attacked my daughter.”
Paul Greenwood witnessed the attack.
“One had it by the neck, the other one had the lower legs and they were trying to pull it apart like a rag doll,” Greenwood said.
Greenwood used a wooden pole from his porch railing to get the two pit bulls away from the smaller dog.
“These animals wanted to rip this poor thing apart.” He said. “It was scary.”
Though Ky was taken to the veterinarian, it was too late.
“He had severe injuries to his little frame and the vet thought it was better off to not cause him more pain than what he was going through,” Palacios said.
Now, the family is trying to mourn their loss.
“We got a memorial stake that should be arriving soon,” Palacios said. “We're going to place it in front of the tree to honor his love.”
The Elkhart Sheriff’s Department responded to this incident and cited the owners of the two pit bulls. A representative for the department tells Newscenter 16 that they try to resolve these matters with a citation when it is the first report of issues with an animal. But, that there are any repeat offenses more serious measures will be taken.
The owner of the two pit bulls declined speaking to WNDU about the issue on camera. She did say that they have paid for the medical bills related to the incident and are doing their part to keep the animals under control.