An elderly man watched in horror Tuesday as his beloved long-haired Chihuahua was attacked and killed by a PIT BULL on Staten Island.
“He was one in a million,’’ Eugene Charles, 77, said sadly of his 5-year-old pooch, Charlie, after the 8:30 a.m. incident in New Dorp.
Charles was walking Charlie when the other dog escaped his fenced-in yard and attacked.
“I had one half of Charlie, and the dog had the other,’’ Charles said. “He just ripped him apart. He was flipping him back and forth. By the time the [owner] finally got him off, Charlie was dead.”
Charles said Charlie “loved children. loved people. Everybody knew him.’’
“People would stop the car, get out, [say], ‘How are you, Charlie?’ ” he recalled.
Charles, who said his son-in-law is a retired detective from the 13th Precinct, received four stitches in his hand from the attack. He was also treated for puncture wounds from the pit bull’s teeth.
He said he initially got Charlie for his wife after another son died in heart surgery five years ago. But the dog bonded with him, following him to bed most nights.
“My poor little guy,” Charles said of the tan and brown dog. “It took 2 minutes, and that was that.”