By Steve Alberts, KVUE
Five Pitbulls chewed their way out of their yard ran up the street to another house where they ripped out the cable and chewed through the fence attacking two dogs.
The dog attack happened Sunday morning just before 10:30 in the 7500 block of Marble Ridge Drive and Springtime Trail in southeast Austin. A neighbor sitting on her porch, called police when she noticed the pack of Pitbulls trying to chew their way into a backyard.
When officers arrived they found one Pitbull outside the gate. It turned and ran toward the officers. They used a Taser and the dog ran away. The officers then headed to the backyard where they saw the four Pitbulls mauling a Blue Heeler. The Pitbulls saw the officers and came at them. They opened fire killing two and injuring two. James Cunningham was at church when his dogs were attacked and came home to a terrifying situation.
“My two little dogs these are Blue Heelers these are freebie dogs one of my dogs is torn up and one gone probably scared because she is really passive,” said James Cunningham. “Michael is in the hospital. He’s in the emergency hopefully he'll be all right.”
The Cunningham’s other dog Ruth is still missing.
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One dog is undergoing treatment and another is on the run after being attacked by a pack of pit bulls that chewed through their owner's fence earlier today.
It happened near the intersection of Marble Ridge Drive and Springtime Trail in southeast Austin.
A witness said the pit bulls got away from their owner's yard, chewed through a neighbor's fence, and attacked their two dogs.
"My male blue heeler , they went for his throat, they tried to kill him and his head and his ears are tore up," explained Pastor James Cunningham, who came home from church to find a note from police describing how 5 pit bulls had attacked his two dogs, Michael and Ruthie.
"The dogs ate their way through the gate going after my two blue heelers ," Cunningham added.
His neighbor saw the dogs and called police.
When they arrived, they had to taser one dog and shoot two others.
Cunningham said the dogs which belong to a neighbor down the block have always been a problem.
He even called police on them yesterday.
"This is the fourth time these pit bulls have gotten out, the neighbor, they get out, you can hear them coming, it's like cattle," Cunningham said. "We talked to the police about it beforehand and they never did anything about it."
That neighbor declined to speak on camera, but he did surrender the two pit bulls that ran back home following the attack.
They were euthanized.
Now, Cunningham's dog Michael is at an emergency vet, and his other dog Ruthie, also hurt in the attack, is missing.
"Our dogs our like our family and one of them is chewed up and the other one, we can't find her," Cunningham explained.
Cunningham hopes Michael will be healthy enough to come back from the vet Monday morning.
He now faces a $700 bill and that does not include damage done to his fence.
Cunningham told KXAN he wants his neighbor to apologize and pay up for what his pets did.