SUNLAND PARK NM - 3 PIT BULLS WITH AN AGGRESSIVE HISTORY BROKE THROUGH A FENCE AND ENTERED A YARD AND KILLED A BELOVED TERRIER "LICKITY SPLIT" EATING HIM ALIVE THEN THREW THEMSELVES AGAINST THE BACK DOOR IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET TO THE OTHER ANIMALS!!!
A Sunland Park woman's dog was attacked and killed in her own backyard by her neighbor's THREE PIT BULLS.
Krista Esparza said she was sitting in her backyard last week with her four dogs when all of a sudden, three pit bulls broke through her padlocked gate, ran through the yard and lunged at her and her dogs on the porch.
She said she was able to get inside with three of her dogs, but that her little white terrier, Lickity Split, got cornered at the side of the house.
"They chewed up his food bowl after they killed him," Esparza said. "They ate him and they ripped up all his bedding and after that they were throwing themselves against my back door."
Esparza said she rescues dogs and that Lickity Split became part of the family when he followed her son home from school one day.
She said last week was not her first bad experience with the pit bulls. In 2014, she filed a police report against her neighbor when the dogs reportedly lunged at her. She said when Animal Control arrived, one of the officers was attacked.
Sunland Park Animal Control said this is not the first time they've had issues with the three pit bulls. It said other neighbors had complained too.
In the 2014 incident, Animal Control said the owner got the pit bulls back after paying a fine.
Esparza said she thinks the dogs should have been taken away for good back then.
"Seeing those dogs coming around the corner at me was like a nightmare and there was nothing I could even do to save Lickity," she said. "I was lucky myself. I said to the dog warden back in 2014, when she got her dogs back, there's going to be bloodshed before this is over. And it was was my dog unfortunately."
Animal Control said the woman was charged, pleaded guilty and ordered to pay a fine in this latest incident. The Police Department said she was forced to surrender the dogs when she couldn't pay the fee to get them out.
Animal Control said it took the dogs to Las Cruces Wednesday to be put down unless another owner adopts them.
Esparza said something needs to change.
"There should be stricter laws, there should be better punishments, for owners who allow this kind of behavior," she said.
A dog lover herself, Esparza said she wants people to know she doesn't blame the pit bulls.
"I feel sorry for the dogs because it's not their fault,' she said. "They were raised to be aggressive. They were raised to be nasty and it's really not their fault they were like that."
Her young son Alex is also feeling the loss.
"Lickity was a good friend to me that I will never get back," he said.