Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Millville, NJ - Two pit bulls believed to have attacked and killed a couple of miniature donkeys April 9th have been found. The dogs apparently attacked and killed the donkeys -- each weighing about 300 pounds -- Tuesday afternoon at a home in the 2200 block of East Broad Street.
Neal Parker witnessed part of the attack at his 26-acre farm."The male donkey had been dead for awhile," he said. "I saw a pit bull attacking the female, then I saw another pit bill covered with blood coming from the other pen. There was blood on the fence and the water buckets."
Police received a tip saying the dogs could be found at a home in the 5500 block of Lodge Place in Vineland. The homeowner, Diana Figura, told police her two pit bulls, Cocoa and Dakota, escaped the yard on Tuesday afternoon only to return later that day covered in blood and suffering from gunshot wounds.
Lt. Ed Zadroga told Figura that the donkey's owner shot the dogs during the attack. "He shot them with bird shot."Figura has been charged with having a potentially dangerous dog, a dog running at large and public nuisance. Zadroga said Figura indicated the dogs belonged to her son, who is a juvenile. It remains unclear how Figura's dogs escaped her yard. Given that a pit bull can scale a 6-foot fence, figuring this out isn't too important.
The male donkey, named Webster, was 14 years old and the size of a miniature pony. He was valued between $1,200 and $1,500. He was in his own pen and died during the attack. Caroline and a baby donkey, who she was trying to protect during the attack, was 10-years old and valued at the same amount. Injuries to Caroline required that she be put down.
Betsy Parker said she was relieved to hear the two dogs had finally been caught. "I'm happy because I didn't want anybody else to have to go through what I did," she said. She's also relieved that she doesn't have to worry about keeping her existing animals locked up in fear of the dogs returning. The Parkers have two dogs and two horses on their property as well.
Collins Micheaux lives next to Parker's long driveway that runs north from Broad Street. Collins has an 8-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. He's not letting them play outside until he knows the dogs are caught. After the donkey attack and shotgun fire, he saw a pit bull dash across the street. The cops told Collins "It got the donkey by the face."
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