DALLAS TX - A PIT BULL WAS RUNNING LOOSE IN THE JUNIUS HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD AND BEELINED AND MAULED A BELOVED ELDERLY PET BEING TAKEN FOR A WALK BY ITS OWNER
A local woman says her beloved pet was the victim of the most recent attack by a loose dog.
It happened Saturday around 9 a.m. in the Junius Heights neighborhood. Ashley Rice was taking her 11-year-old dog Clyde on their typical morning stroll.
"That was like his biggest joy in life, like, he would get so excited, his face would light up," said Rice.
But that walk would be their last. She says a neighbor’s dog, usually heard barking in its backyard, was loose on Orient Street, just north of Columbia. She says it made a beeline straight for them.
"It attacked, latched on to him," she said, describing the attack. "They were entangled." She says she tried pulling Clyde's leash to help separate him from the dog, but it wouldn't back down. The other dog finally released Clyde, but it was too late. He had a heart attack, and died.
"He’s seen me through two husbands, he’s seen me through everything, he’s always been there," Rice said, of her constant companion. "So it’s just kind of weird for me right now."
Rice is channeling her grief by warning others through a post on the Next Door website. Many neighbors are encouraging her to take her story to Dallas City Hall, joining those calling for harsher punishment for owners who let their dogs roam the streets. Rice plans on doing just that to keep what happened to Clyde from happening to any other pets or people.
"It was very violent and terrible, and it's just not how he should have died," she said."
Rice says Dallas Police responded to the scene Saturday morning and told her Dallas Animal Services would be investigating. We reached out to that department Tuesday afternoon to find out if they are, but News 8 has not yet heard back.