Medford police are on the hunt for a man they say let his THREE PIT BULLS maul a Jack Russell terrier without trying to intervene, leaving the animal with injuries so severe it had to be euthanized.
"This was pretty traumatizing," said Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis. "You would certainly think (the suspect) would have some compassion for this type of incident."
The attack happened just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday as a woman walked her terrier on a leash as she entered the South Medford High School driveway, in the 1500 block of Cunningham Avenue.
She passed the man as he exited the same driveway. His three pit bulls were leashed, but the woman told police went to the opposite side of the driveway to keep her distance anyway. That's when one of the pit bulls allegedly broke loose, ran at the Jack Russell and attacked. Police said the man then followed with the other two pit bulls, who also joined in.
The man would not intervene, police said, saying pit bulls are "pack animals" and should be left alone when they attack. The terrier eventually stopped moving, which is when the man gathered the three pit bills and left. The terrier's owner followed and yelled at the man to stop, but he reportedly threatened her and said he would let his dogs attack her next if she kept following him, police said.
"This has nothing to do with the breed of dog," Medford police wrote in a Facebook post. "It is all about responsible dog ownership."
A police officer who responded to the scene took the injured terrier to Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Clinic on Biddle Road, but the injuries were too severe and the animal had to be euthanized.
The man was last seen on Warren Way near Diamond Street. He is described as a white male in his mid 30s with a stocky build and light-colored hair. He was last seen wearing a white tank top and shorts. One of the pit bulls is reportedly brown and white.
If arrested, Curtis said the man would likely be looking at a charge of failure to control a dangerous dog, and possibly others.
"We're not sure about some of the other charges yet," Curtis said. "We might be looking at some menacing charges because of the threats he made toward the victim."
Anyone with information about the case should call the agency at 541-770-4784.