It’s been a nightmare for an Overland Park family after a neighbor's dogs went on the attack.
The woman says her daughter’s dog was attacked in her own backyard Sunday night. Two new planks are now in place on the fence where the woman said her neighbor’s two attack dogs broke through the fence and grabbed the dog.
After four days in the hospital and three surgeries, with possibly more to come, it has been a traumatic few days for the Whitton family.
"It's nerve-wracking," Brian Whitton said.
He had been watching his sister's dog Mackenzie at his mother’s Overland Park house. He usually takes her out on a leash because he doesn't want her getting anywhere near the fence to his neighbor’s yard.
Whitton said he and his neighbors are terrified of the guard dogs next door. On Sunday he didn't see the neighbor dogs out so he let Mackenzie out. He was on the deck when he said the dogs next door came crashing through the fence, grabbed onto Mackenzie and pulled her into their yard.
"When they had her on the ground both, I mean both dogs had a hold of her and she was pinned to the ground, and I didn't think she was going to make it," Whitton said.
"I heard all of this growling and a horrible noise from over there," Mary Lou Whitton, the homeowner, said.
Mary Lou Whitton was inside and heard what was happening. She said she told her neighbor weeks ago his fence needed repair. She refuses to let her grandkids play outside and rarely goes out herself. Her decision came after a neighbor on the other side said his dog was also attacked several years ago. That dog also needed surgery.
"They are just dangerous dogs. I'm afraid to sell my house because I don’t want to sell it to someone with children," Mary Lou Whitton said.
She said the owner was given a dangerous dog citation, but the dogs are still there.
"This could happen to a little kid. This could happen to a person in general," Brian Whitton said.
KCTV5 tried to contact the neighbor. He did not answer the door when KCTV5’s Jeanene Kiesling knocked and he has not called her back.