By Kyle Mallory, KOIN
Just before 9:30 p.m. officers responded to a report of the attack in the 500 block of Tryon Ave. NE. Officers soon learned that Belinda Joye let her dog out into an unfenced backyard as she stood nearby. A pit bull unfamiliar to the neighborhood was roaming the area and attacked her dog. Joye tried to prevent the onslaught, sustaining puncture wounds to her hand.
Joye's dog died while officers were on scene, and the pit bull was captured and taken to Marion County Dog Control. Officers went door-to-door in the area trying to locate the owner of the pit bull, but were unsuccessful. There were no dog tags on the collars and officers are still trying to locate the owner.
Anyone with information regarding the pit bull (pictured) or its possible owner is asked to call Salem police at 503-588-6123 or Marion County Dog Control at 503-588-5366.
Update July 7, 2011 - The following article is by Valerie Hurst, KATU:
Owner of killer Pit Bull remains unclear, despite microchip information
The incident happened late Wednesday evening at a home in the 500 block of Tryon Avenue, N.E.
According to the Salem Police Department, resident Belinda Joye let her small dog out into her unfenced backyard when a Pit Bull showed up and attacked her pet. Joye tried to help her dog but Choncho died and Joye herself sustained a puncture wound to one of her palms.
"My boyfriend had the dog by the collar and I put my hand in the dog's mouth to try to get my dog out but it was too late," she said. Joye had just gotten the dog six months ago as a gift from a friend and now she says she can't get the image of him being attacked out of her mind.
The Pit Bull was captured but investigators did not initially know who the dog belonged to. They went door to door but no one stepped forward.
After the microchip was discovered it seemed as if investigators would be led right to the dog's owner. But it was later learned that since the dog got the microchip it had been passed off to two other owners. So it remains unclear at this point who the dog belongs to, although the microchip does identify the dog's name as 'Hank.'
In the meantime, the dog will be quarantined for 10 days to check for rabies and any other diseases. If the owner is not found and the case goes to a hearing, euthanization is a possibility. Joye said she would like to see the Pit Bull put down for fear that he'll hurt another pet or a person.
"It was very hard for me to go to bed last night and to try to sleep with an image that I had in my head of the dog having to die like that," she said.
Joye also said she feels that whoever owns the Pit Bull should have been more responsible.
"It's very frustrating to me that an irresponsible dog owner would create a situation like that," she said. "It's not something that should have happened."