NEWARK, WAYNE COUNTY NY - A PIT BULL MIX JUMPED OUT OF A CAR PARKED AT A CLOSED CONVENIENCE STORE AND WENT FOR A KILL - THIS TIME IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL RESCUED GREYHOUND "REGINALD" GOING FOR A WALK WITH HIS FAMILY !!!!
A MIXED BREED PIT BULL has been impounded in Newark, Wayne County and may be destroyed after a vicious attack Sunday night. Another dog, a greyhound out for a walk, was severely injured.
Lisa Matthaeus walks her two dogs on the same route every night, and says she was powerless to stop Sunday's attack. "That dog ran out from the parking lot and just ran straight for us," she told 13WHAM's Jane Flasch.
She had just enough time to scoop up her Yorkie Pedro before being confronted by the charging dog. Her greyhound Reginald took the brunt of the attack. "It was a big fight - he had my dog by the neck," Matthaeus said. "I'm standing in the street watching my dog get mauled."
Reggie suffered deep gashes to both sides of his neck. The skin on both of his legs taken completely off. Lisa was also injured trying to intervene, suffering broken fingers and a severed tendon. "He grabbed a hold of me and threw me to the ground, and then he went back at Reggie," she said.
The attacking dog doesn't live in the neighborhood. It jumped out of a car parked outside a closed convenience store.
"You shouldn't have to walk around in fear of having some other dog come after you," said Bruce Matthaeus.
Reggie, the Matthaeus' dog, is a retired racer who was about to be put down when the Matthaeus family intervened. They had just lost their dog. "We just kind of saved each other," said Lisa.
Reggie has passed the critical point and will recover, but he still needs several surgeries. The veterinary bill is $6,000 and mounting. Newark Police say the attacking dog was licensed. Now a hearing will determine whether it is an aggressive dog and should be destroyed.
Charges against its owner are pending.
Reggie is clearly loved by his family. There are photos of him taken one day before the attack, looking regal and standing alongside a young couple dressed in gown and tuxedo. "On Saturday night, he was posing for pictures for prom," said Lisa Matthaeus. "Now he's all tore up, just because he went for a walk. It's not fair."