Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 11:00 am
TRAVERSE CITY — A Leelanau County animal control deputy is investigating whether a PIT BULL that escaped and killed a Yorkshire Terrier in Centerville Township can be considered a "problem dog."
County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said the Monday afternoon attack occurred while a woman walked her pit bull on a leash. He said the dog somehow broke free from its owner and ran after a neighbor's dog that was also outside.
"It took off after a Yorkshire Terrier that was on its own property, and it killed the Yorkshire," he said.
Dispatch records state the Yorkie's owner called at 5:42 p.m. to report the dog attack. Borkovich said the suspect dog will remain with its owner while the county's animal control officer conducts an investigation.
"The animal control deputy is still in the process of investigating to figure out whether this is a problem dog," he said.
Borkovich didn't have information on the dog's owner, besides that she lives in Centerville Township. He said she could face civil and criminal troubles, depending on what the officer uncovers.
It's possible the incident was a "fluke event," he said.
"We try to look at these cases on an individual basis to see if there’s negligence on the part of the owner," he said.
Borkovich encouraged dog owners to take precautions to avoid such incidents.