CALABASAS CA - 2 PIT BULLS BEING WALKED ON RETRACTABLE LEASHES BY ONE MAN SUDDENLY SAW 2 SMALL PETS BEING WALKED - THE PITS JERKED THEIR OWNER TO THE GROUND AND ATTACKED - SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER JODI LOOMIS ON HER WAY TO WORK STOPPED TO HELP
Jodi Loomis, a special education teacher at Lupin Hill Elementary School in Calabasas, was on her way to work Sept. 18 when she stopped to help save a pair of small pooches under attack by angry PIT BULLS.
Calabasas residents Roslyn and Simeon Peroff were walking two dogs down Thousand Oaks Boulevard around 7:45 a.m. when a pair of pit bulls escaped from their owner and attacked the Peroffs’ dogs, a Yorkshire terrier named Maddie and a Pomeranian named Chloe.
“I was on my way to work and drove up to three adults trying to pull the one pit bull off of the little Yorkie,” Loomis told The Acorn.“Meanwhile the other pit bull kept biting at the Pomeranian. I noticed no one was helping. I jumped out of my car and grabbed the pit bull that was biting at the Pomeranian. I grabbed it really hard by its collar to try to save (the dog). The pit bull resisted, but I was able to hold onto it, and it did not bite me.”
Roslyn Peroff said they weren’t concerned when they walked by the man with the pit bulls because both dogs were on leashes. But the leashes were retractable, and the man was yanked to the ground when his dogs attacked the two smaller animals, she said.
“Before I knew it, the dogs got loose from him and tore into the two little ones,” Peroff said. “Our little Yorkie was in the mouth (of one dog). We were hitting the dog on the head. We didn’t realize that my Pom was being attacked until Jodi got the other dog off. It was devastating. The dog wouldn’t let go of the Yorkie. We thought she was going to die on the spot.”
Loomis took the Peroffs and their two dogs to the vet. Chloe came away with minor injuries, but Maddie’s were more serious and the veterinarian suggested the owners put the dog down. The dog had a 25 percent chance of living through the surgery with complications to follow, Roslyn Peroff said. But when the little dog gazed up at her, the owners took it as a sign to try to save her life.
Maddie has had several infections since the surgery and remains in the hospital, but she is recuperating, her owners said. The dog must be given medicine daily to stave off infection.
The Pomeranian has fully recovered.
Peroff identified the owner of the pit bulls as Eric Taylor. His residence is unknown.
Both pit bulls were taken by Animal Control. The Peroffs do not know whether the dogs have been put down because of their aggressive behavior.
Peroff said Taylor had told them he would pay for the vet bills, but then apparently changed his mind.
The couple says their medical bills for Maddie are approximately $15,000. The Peroffs are reportedly suing Taylor.
Roslyn Peroff said that at first Taylor was remorseful about the incident, but after his dogs were taken from him he refused to speak to them about covering the vet bills. The Acorn tried to contact Taylor, but his phone had been disconnected.
The Peroffs are grateful for Loomis’ assistance. Roslyn Peroff thanked Loomis, and the teacher was as emotional about Maddie’s situation as the owners.
“Jodi doesn’t even know me and she was hysterical,” Peroff said.
Simeon Peroff said Loomis was the first person on the scene, which encouraged others to stop and help.
Loomis knows what it’s like to love a little dog. She is the owner of a Shih Tzu named Roxy.
“She is the sweetest, most lovable dog,” Loomis said. “I can’t imagine going through this with my dog.”
Sheila Grady, principal of Lupin Hill Elementary School, is treating Loomis like a hometown hero.
“The dog owner called me to thank me for having such a wonderful teacher at Lupin,” Grady said.