Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pit bull attacks, kills Yorkie on walk

By Jakob Rodgers, Colorado Springs Gazette

A Yorkie terrier being walked by its owner in south Colorado Springs was killed by a pit bull Sunday.
The pit bull appears to have been loose about 2:35 p.m. when it attacked the dog on Florence Avenue near Cheyenne Road and Lake Avenue, said Stacey Candella, spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
The pit bull has been turned over to the Humane Society, where it will be euthanized, Candella said.
The owner of the pit bull, who was not present when the attack took place, was cited for unlawful ownership of a dangerous animal.

Update July 18, 2010 10:09pm - The article above has been updated. It now includes the full text from above with this addition:

This is the second recent pit bull incident in Colorado Springs.
On July 12, a 6-year-old girl was bitten in the face by a pit bull that ran out of its house. Meagan Garrow required hours of surgery and hundreds of stitches.
Read the story about her surgery here.
The pit bull that attacked her was euthanized.

* Note to Mr. Rodgers: According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, this is the third recent incident in Colorado Springs. Don't forget this one.

Update July 19, 2010 12:43pm - The following article is by Deb Stanley, ABC Denver:

Pit Bull Dog Attacks, Kills Yorkie

A pit bull dog running loose attacked and killed a Yorkshire terrier Sunday in Colorado Springs, according to the Humane Society of Colorado Springs.
Two pit bulls were running loose when they encountered the Yorkie being walked by its owner, Stacey Candella with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region told 7NEWS.
Candella said one pit bull did nothing, but the other grabbed the Yorkie and ran off.
Animal welfare officers located the owner of the pit bull and cited him for unlawful ownership of a dangerous animal.
The owner signed the dog over to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. The dog will be euthanized, said Candella.
Colorado Springs does not have a breed ban for pit bulls. "We have adopted out some great pit bulls," said Candella.
Last week, a girl, 6, was attacked by a pit bull in Colorado Springs. She needed surgery on her face.

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