A service dog is dead, its owner, a wheelchair user who treated the dog as her child, is devastated and police are still searching for the suspect following an attack by a pit bull in the City of Poughkeepsie.
Rosemary Cole, 60, of the City of Poughkeepsie, was inconsolable after the death of her service dog, a Chihuahua, according to her son and
On Friday at 7:14 p.m., Rosemary Cole was traveling east on
Rosemary Cole attempted to stop the pit bull, but she was knocked over and onto the sidewalk. The pit bull owner tried and failed to pull his dog off the Chihuahua, but a witness was able to separate the two dogs, police said. Rosemary Cole's Chihuahua was taken to a vet where it was pronounced dead, police said.
The pit bull owner and the dog continued to walk east on Main Street accompanied by a second person following the incident, the release stated. Anyone with information related to the incident or the pit bull owner's identity is asked to call the City of Poughkeepsie Police at 8454517577.