Unacceptable "Animal Agression"
Duvall, WA - The images of the attack still bring tears to the eyes of 9-year-old Lea Galusha. She was playing outside her home with her best friend and pet when a pit bull sprinted in from the neighbor's yard. She then watched in horror as the dog latched on to her beloved calf's neck and hung on in classic bull baiting style.
"I was upset and I was just crying and screaming," said Lea.
When her grandpa heard the screams, he rushed to her aid. "He had the calf and lost his grip and he went right back for another one," said Rus Galusha. He said it took several agonizing attempts to unclench the dog's jaw. Officials warned the pit bull owner to remove the animal from the property by the end of the week, otherwise, animal control officers would intervene.
The owner, Mamie Boyle, said she plans to get rid of the dog. (The article does not state if Boyle plans to put the dog down or simply relocate the animal to a new community.) Rus and Lea are relieved the dog is going away. "To me, it's very disgusting for somebody like that to have a dog like that in the neighborhood," Rus said.
The damage may have been already done as far as Leah is concerned. She's been working with her 4-H club for weeks to get her calf ready for two upcoming fairs, and hopes the wounds heal in time. Rus, meanwhile, is stuck with the vet bill. It's unclear why the pit bull owner is not.
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