Animal control officers are searching several local neighborhoods for A PACK OF PIT BULL MIXES being blamed for the deaths of two pets.
Pookie, a 19-year-old cat, was attacked and killed Nov. 20 at her Beal Parkway home by three dogs who broke through the screen door of the Florida room.
"The cat was 19, she grew up with our kids," said her owner, Mike Brown. "My wife came around the corner, had to watch it, couldn't do anything about it.
"The back porch is a lonely place right now."
The attack was caught on Brown's surveillance camera.
That night, a dog matching the description of one of the dogs was hit by a car near the Publix on Mary Esther Cut-Off. No one has claimed the dog, which is recovering.
The next day, two dogs matching the appearance of those in the video attacked and killed a cat in the Northgate neighborhood.
"She was one of the coolest cats I've ever met," said her owner, Thomas Wooley, of 5-year-old Solo. "One of the dogs engaged her. The other one ran up behind and grabbed her."
He said the two dogs worked her over, "kind of like a pull toy."
He brought her inside, where she died in his arms.
Dee Thompson, director of the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, said officers have stepped up patrols of the neighborhoods where the cats were attacked.
"We're patrolling all of that area all day long," she said. "If people see something, they (need) to alert us right away."
Both Brown and Wooley said they worry about the risks small children face from the dogs, who move and work together with a pack mentality.
"They're killing everything they can get their hands on," Brown said. "You worry about what's next. You got to wonder what they're killing that we don't know about."
He said the dogs have scars on them, which leads him to believe they were used for dog fighting.
Wooley said the day his cat was killed, two small children were playing in the front yard of a house around the corner from his.
"The problem I have is they can be next," Wooley said. "The dogs killed Mike's cat and they dropped it and ran off. It's not like they're hungry and trying to eat.
"They're willy-nilly going around and killing stuff."
If you see two to three pit bull mixes moving in a pack through the Fort Walton Beach area, please call PAWS at 685-6003.