A couple in Point Breeze said their Pomeranian dog was killed by a pit bull during an evening walk on Wednesday.
Michael Stradtlander said he was walking his dog Carmine along East End Avenue when a neighbor's pit bull ran off of the porch and lunged at his dog.
"He was just a little teddy bear. So cute," said Stradtlander. "The pit bull had him in his grasp and started tearing him around like a rag doll."Stradtlander said he tried fighting off the pit bull.
"I was punching it in the head and kicking it. The thing is so powerful I couldn’t stop it," he said.
The dog's owner, Suzanne Kratz, also tried saving Carmine.
"She was apologizing and screaming. I was screaming. She was terrified of the dog as well," said Stradtlander. Stradtlander said a passing driver stopped to help them and gave him a metal club to fight the dog off.
"I started pounding it and pounding it with the club, knees and fist blows. Successful," Stradtlander said.
Carmine was rushed to a nearby pet hospital where it later died.Stradtlander blames Kratz for his dog's death.
"If she can't control it, she shouldn't own it," Stradtlander said.
Animal Control officials said Kratz will be cited for harboring a dangerous dog and allowing it to run at large.