Metro Police are trying to track down the owners of a large dog that killed a poodle.
The attack happened last Sunday at around 4:20 pm in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Indianapolis.
A WTHR viewer writes that her friend, who is the smaller dog's owner, was leaving her house to take the dog, Fifi, for a walk, along with her granddaughter.
"Two women were walking their large dogs in the street heading north. One of the dogs approached them on a retractable leash and the owner was not controlling it well. Fifi was leashed and right beside my friend and her granddaughter. She took the leash from her granddaughter and Fifi stepped in close to my friend, but before she could pick her up, the dog was on them, lunged at Fifi and grabbed her by the neck, started to shake her. My friend grabbed the big dog and tried to fight him off, get him to let go, but it was too late. FiFi was already dead."
"Everyone was screaming and it was a complete panic for all of them. It happened very fast, her granddaughter ran back to the yard and thankfully wasn’t physically harmed. She witnessed the entire event. The dogs and the owners left walking. They said they would come back but they have never returned."
Fifi's owner tried to fight off the big dog and fell onto the animal, rolling onto the concrete. At that point, the larger dog's owner pulled him back.
It's believed that the owners of the large dog that killed Fifi live in the neighborhood.
Neighbors heard the screaming and called 911. Within a few minutes, police and Animal Control responded, but were unable to find the dogs or their owners.
The Washington Heights neighborhood's boundaries are Franklin Road (west), Post Road (east), Washington Street (south), 10th Street (north).
The larger dogs were described as large mixed breed, short-haired, brown with black points, floppy ears, boxy nose and head like a... PIT BULL .... VERY MUSCULAR, WIDE-CHESTED, WEIGHT MAYBE 65 POUNDS, POSSIBLE GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX WITH PIT BULL, DOBERMAN OR ROTTWEILER STRAIN.
The owner is described as a woman with blonde hair, slender, about 5’7 or 5’8, shoulder length hair, perhaps early 40s. Her companion was also blonde and slim, around 5'7, short hair, early 50s. HER DOG LOOKED LIKE A LITTER MATE OF THE ATTACK DOG.
If you have any information, call Animal Control at 317-327-1397 and/or IMPD Eastside Investigations is 317-327-6218. Tips can be reported anonymously to either unit.