Police Not Filing Charges
UPDATE 06/04/08: Police are not filing charges because they cannot positively identify the killer dog. Faye Carson, a neighbor and witness to the attack, thinks the culprit is one of two pit bulls that live nearby. She says people have been terrified of the dogs since the family moved in less than a year ago. Police have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood.
05/22/08: Future Disaster Lies Ahead
Albemarle County, VA - In the great state of Virginia -- where they would no sooner pass breed-specific laws than they would attempt to send every resident to the moon -- a Woodlake neighborhood pit bull ripped up and killed grandma's Pomeranian. The neighbor who tried to save Beverley's dog said, "That little dog was her life and soul."
That dog is gone now, thanks to the pit bulls next door.
Neighbor Faye Carson said she saw a large dark pit bull mauling her friend's tiny dog, Shelby. Miraculously, Shelby's owner Beverley, had managed to get the dog out of the pit bull's jaws. Faye had on heavy walking shoes at the time and said she kept kicking the dog and kicking the dog until finally, "I kicked it under its chin and it let out a yelp and ran up the hill."
Faye rushed Shelby and Beverley to the animal hospital. She said the dog was so bad off she looked like a "mangled bloody rag." But it was too late. Shelby died about 15 minutes later. Faye thinks the attacker is one of two pit bulls that live in a nearby house. She says neighbors have been terrified of the dogs since the family moved there less than a year ago.
"They claw and claw on the back gate," she said.
She also knows of another dog in the area that was bitten by a pit bull and a cat that was killed. Faye thinks the dog should be put down -- but Faye doesn't have any idea what "breeding rights" means in Virginia and the monster lobby that protects them. The pit bull owners will keep their dogs, keep living next door and may keep "accidentally" leaving their gate open.
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