Victims Puzzled that Animal Control Does Nothing
West Palm Beach, FL - Cesar Alegre says he was just a few short hours into his vacation, down from Maryland to visit his brother. He says he took his family dog, Snickers, into the backyard to play fetch when the neighbor's pit bull a few doors down got lose. Seconds later, Snickers came under attack.
"He got cornered on that wall over there and he just made himself a little ball there and that's when the pit bull grabbed him. As soon as he grabbed him he shook his head like that and my dog was dead, my dog was gone,"
He recalls seeing the pit bull with Snickers in its mouth. "The dog was running around with his prize in his jaw, ripping my heart walking all over the place like he had done something great." He wonders about the fence the pit bull escaped from. He's angry that because he's next door to a vicious dog and can't even play in his own back yard safely.
Authorities issued citations to the owners. Neighbors say they fear for their pets and small children and are frustrated the penalty wasn't more severe. One neighbor comments:
"They [animal control] say wait until they attack the kids or people's life and then take the dog. But why? We're human, you know? What are we waiting for?" Vu said.
Animal Care and Control says it would take at least two attacks on other animals for the pit bull to be deemed "dangerous." Because pets are viewed as "property," owners have rights to defend their animals. The question is, what about the victimized dog and that dog's family? Why aren't laws designed to protect them?