LINCOLNWOOD IL - A PIT BULL CAME OUT OF NOWHERE AND ATTACKED AND KILLED A BELOVED 9-YEAR-OLD YORKIE "FIFI" BEING WALKED ON A LEASH BY FAMILY MEMBERS
A north suburban family is mourning the loss of their 9-year-old Yorkshire terrier after the small dog was killed in a horrifying attack in front of the young children walking her. Klaudia Zarebski, 11, was walking her family dog Fifi Thursday night in a Lincolnwood park when she says a large breed dog came out of nowhere.
“I quickly see him charging for Fifi,” Klaudia said. “So I grabbed her but he grabbed her back, pulled her down and tossed her to the ground. The dog used her like a toy.”
Klaudia says she and her friends watched helplessly as the large dog’s owner tried to intervene during the attack.
“He was slapping the dog everywhere trying to pull it off,” she said. “After about three minutes of that the dog finally let her go.”
Ron Weil told NBC Chicago he was riding past the GG Rowell Park on his bike when he witnessed the brutal attack.
“This dog attacked the little dog, went right for the neck and wouldn't let go," Weil said. “It was ugly. It was sad.”
The Zarebski family rushed Fifi to the vet, who determined the 9-year-old dog was left paralyzed from the injuries and would have to be put down.
“She was such a joy, she was like a sister to me,” a distraught Eliza Zarebski told NBC Chicago. “All the annoying things she used to do, I just want them back.”
The children who witnessed the attack were not injured, but say they are now afraid to return to the park. Another witness, Hita Bharwad, told NBC Chicago seeing the whole ordeal was “horrifying.”
Lincolnwood police say they have identified the owner of the PIT BULL and cited him for not having the dog on a leash. Authorities will continue to investigate whether there were any additional violations from the owner and follow up accordingly, police said.