AVON LAKE, Ohio -- A neighborhood is reeling after a dog fight left one dog dead.
A pit bull mix, Cyrus, broke free of a leash while being walked and went onto a neighbors property and severely injured a dog that was eventually put down.
The owners of a corgi-beagle mix dog, Daisy, said her injuries included crushed ribs and punctured lungs. They also say it was the most vicious thing they've ever witnessed.
They say blood was everywhere and they were terrified for the life of their daughter, who was close to the incident when it happened.
"All I keep thinking is thank God it was my dog and not my daughter, Johnna Lymen told WKYC Channel 3's Hilary Golston. "I don't think my daughter would have survived it. There's no way. There's no way she would have survived a bite like that."
Rebecca Lymen was close to the fight, which she says was very jarring for her......
"I didn't know how to react, all I could do is scream... That's all I was able to do. I feel like the whole neighborhood's living in fear right now."
Cyrus's owner Earle Hall says his dog isn't violent and was provoked.
"They're not the only victims here," Hall said. "They're going around spreading that he's a vicious dog... and a fighting dog. You can't get a dog from the Humane Society that's a fighting dog. He's never had any alterations ever before."
Avon Lake police reported Hall told them Cyrus is "dog aggressive," and had been rescued from being a "bait dog."
"I was pressing on his neck as hard as I could possibly press," a neighbor said at a packed meeting at city hall when he stepped in to help restrain Cyrus.
Several neighbors expressed concerns at the meeting about the incident that Cyrus might be a danger to other dogs and small children living in the neighborhood. "The dog that he killed was barking at him... So what?" A neighbor asked city leaders. "What If the kid that he kills was laughing at him or running in his own neighborhood."
City Council members made a motion to relay the issue to the police department and law director, requesting a drafted ordinance for council to review on the matter.
Council member David Kos said the goal was to review giving additional discretion to authorities with regard to the quarantine of animals in dog attacks.
"We are going to let the experts on this craft something," Kos said.
He said the drafted ordinance is not expected to appear before the body until at least August.