Pit Bulls Kill Family Pet
Willits, CA - Mendocino County recently came into focus after reporting that 90 stray pit bulls had been trapped and killed in the area. Authorities believe that marijuana operations are the key contributor to the alarming number of stray pit bulls. In November, two pit bulls killed three miniature horses and badly injured a fourth in Willits. It was reported 2 days ago that 2 loose pit bulls killed a family's dog in Willits as well. In a letter to the Willits News, the Trouette family voices their frustration:
"On December 8 at approximately 9:15 p.m. in Brooktrails, a neighbor's pair of uncontrolled pit bull terriers escaped from their yard and brutally killed my wife's five-pound chihuahua while he was in our yard going to the bathroom before bedtime. The owners of the dogs have been arrested for marijuana cultivation and in jail for two weeks. The dogs are extremely aggressive towards people and other animals by testimony of other neighbors. The dogs were guarding the house in which illicit drug trafficking had occurred.
My wife, middle daughter, and my two small children, all heard and watched a horrific scene as the pit bulls savagely destroyed and mangled our yelping little chihuahua named Kato as he cried for help. Mendocino County Animal Control has decided to do nothing to either the dogs or the owners, ruling we could all be in violation of the "loose dog ordinance" because we can't absolutely prove our little dog was on our property when attacked this in spite of the pit bulls being observed running loose in the neighborhood.
We called the sheriff's department, told them we had found the dogs one with a very bloody face, and asked them to respond and secure the scene. They declined to come back and secure the scene to prevent the dogs form harming any other person or pet. It took animal control 16 hours to show up and then they did nothing.
Our family has lost a beautiful friend and pet, and my children will have the memory of the ghastly and brutal murder of our little pet in their minds forever. I am disgusted with the justice system in this county and will be seeking legal counsel immediately. It is a sad day when good people are left to fend for themselves in times of imminent danger of bodily injury or death."
The Paul Trouette family
12/01/08: Pit Bulls Attacking Mendocino Livestock
11/22/08: Pit Bulls Kill Three horses; Maim One in Willits, California