Pit Bull Owner Blames Leashed Dogs
Golden Gate, FL - Collier County Animal Services impounded three pit bulls after the dogs attacked a woman’s pet Chihuahuas, killing one, and bit the woman’s chest during the attack. The owner of the pit bulls, Reneé Damphier, told reporters in an email, "My dog was in no means trying to bite the lady, only the dog." As if attacking the Chihuahuas was acceptable.
On Friday, 59-year-old Sharry Brewer was walking her three Chihuahuas -- Brutus, Layla and Tea -- near her home at 4497 20th Place S.W. when she said Damphier’s three pit bulls got loose and attacked her and her dogs. Brewer’s dog Brutus was killed in the attack, and she said one of the pit bulls bit her chest while trying to attack the Chihuahua she was holding.
Damphier blamed the Chihuahuas for the attack because they started barking in front of her house. "I believe [my] dogs thought I was under attack. They went after the Chihuahuas. The lady never reeled in the leashes, she just kept screaming and making matters worse." She said everyone was "traumatized" in the attack, not just Damphier and her shredded dog.
Animal Services impounded the pit bulls, Collier County spokesman John Torre said. A fourth pit bull was also impounded, even though Damphier says it wasn’t involved in the attack. Animal Services is expected to issue a sufficient cause letter this week to have the dogs labeled as dangerous. They have had complaints about the pit bulls running loose before.
Golden Gate is an unincorporated area in Collier County, Florida. Last year in the same area (Golden Gate Estates), Carshena Benjamin was fatally attacked by three loose pit bull-mixes. Read more about her story.
09/03/08: Calgary Owner and Dog Traumatized After Pit Bull Attack
05/04/08: Dog Attack Leaves Behind Many Scars
04/01/08: 2007 Fatality: Carshena Benjamin Case Closed, Unresolved