Tuesday, May 10, 2016
SIOUX FALLS SD - AN UNLEASHED PIT BULL MIX ATTACKED AND KILLED THEIR BELOVED 12-YEAR-OLD BICHON "LUCKY" AS THEY WERE WALKING IN NEWTON HILLS STATE PARK
A vicious dog attack over the weekend at Newton Hills State Park has a Sioux Falls couple reeling after their family pet had to be put down. Not only is the couple without their family pet, they are left with many unanswered questions.
12-year-old Lucky was loved by everyone in Mike and Nancy Larsen's family. Playful and cuddly, the Larsens say he never would have hurt anyone. On Saturday, while camping at Newton Hills State Park, the Larsens took Lucky on a walk through the park on his leash and that's when things got ugly.
"It was horrifying, it was a huge dog," Nancy said. Lucky was attacked by another dog.
"It's a PIT BULL/LAB LOOKING DOG comes making a beeline right for our dog," Nancy said.
Nancy Larsen says watching Lucky get mauled is something she'll never forget.
"Then the dog just latched onto ours, I'm screaming 'call your dog off, call your dog off," Nancy said.
The Larsens say the dog's owners didn't do anything.
"NOBODY COULD STOP HIM, IT WAS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP A DOG LIKE THAT FROM DOING WHAT HE WAS DOING," MIKE SAID.
Mike received numerous bites to his hands trying to separate the two dogs and also injured his leg in the process.
There are leash laws in state parks. The Larsens say the dog that attacked Lucky was not on a leash.
KELOLAND News contacted the Game, Fish and Parks to find out why this dog wasn't on a leash, but they referred us to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society which responds to all bite reports in Lincoln County.
"I can't talk much about the actual case, it's still under investigation, so I can't give a lot of details on it," Humane Society Officer Jordan Utech said.
They didn't have an answer either.
"Why this dog wasn't on a leash nobody knows? To me it goes back to responsible pet ownership, make sure our animal is on a leash, make sure your animals are current, that's the most important thing,"
That's little comfort to the Larsens. who want to make sure, what happened to them, never happens to anyone else.
"It was, he's our dog, he shouldn't have to go that way," Nancy said.
The Game, Fish and Parks Department called KELOLAND News right before our newscast and told us the owner of the dog claims his dog was on a leash, but it broke when it attacked.
As for Mike Larsen, he may have to undergo rabies shots. For now, the dog that attacked Lucky has been quarantined and will be observed for a few days.