Six-month-old Sophie has had a painful week, and her owner is desperately trying to find the owner of A PIT BULL she said attacked them in a dog park in Charlotte.
"We just want to know if the dog has its shots," said Rita Horton. "That's all we want to know. Has the dog received rabies shots?"
Horton said that on Monday, they went to the small dogs park at Frazier Park. She said there was only one other dog there - a pit bull - with its owner..
"I looked at the dog and I looked at the man, and I said 'Is your dog mean?' He said 'No, but she'll play rough.'"
Horton said Sophie didn't get a chance to play.
"I opened the gate and the dog made a bee-line for my dog's throat and started thrashing it, trying to kill it," she said. "She was bleeding profusely and screaming."
Horton said she tried to free her puppy, but couldn't. She said the pit bull's owner picked up his dog, but the dog still wouldn't let go of Sophie.
"There was a young man in the big dog's side that saw what was going on and ran over. He kicked the pit bull in the face three times before it spit my dog out," Horton said.
The stranger rushed Horton and Sophie to the vet. Sophie needed surgery.
Horton said her puppy's "jaw was broken in two, her throat was slashed, and she had to have stitches under the throat."
Thursday afternoon, Sophie came home.
"They had to drill two holes in either side of the jaw and wire it shut," Horton said. "And they put this tape muzzle so she won't open her mouth that wide."
Even though Sophie is home, the troubles are not over.
Horton said while she was at the clinic with Sophie, she realized she was also bitten on the thumb while trying to rescue her puppy. She had two puncture wounds.
Animal Care and Control officers told her she needed to go to the emergency room. Horton said doctors informed her she had 72 hours to find out if the dog that bit her has its rabies shots. If not, she has to get the shots.
"I am a cancer survivor and had all my lymph nodes taken out under my arm on the left side, so if I get any cuts or bites - instantly goes into staph infection," she said.
Still, Horton says she would rather not get the shots. She said she's been trying to find the dog's owner and has posted flyers around the dog park.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Animal Care and Control said officers are "actively trying to locate the owner of the attacking dog. We have officers doing double zone checks, interviewing citizens in and around the park and posting notices on social media."
Horton said no one was able to get a description of the man who owns the pit bull, but Animal Care and Control officers said the dog is a.....
"Blue (Grey) Female Pit Bull Mix with cropped ears and who has
RECENTLY BEEN NURSING PUPPIES
wearing a pink harness/collar likely weighs approximatley 30 to 60 pounds."
Police are asking anyone with information to call 704-336-4422 to speak with an Animal Care and Control supervisor.