FORT WALTON BEACH FL - 2 PIT BULL MIXES INVADED A FENCED BACKYARD AND KILLED ONE AND INJURED 2 OTHER YORKIES - ONE OF THE TINY PETS' OWNERS WAS INJURED TRYING TO SAVE THEM
Authorities are investigating a Monday morning dog attack that sent one man to the hospital and killed one of his dogs. Two other dogs are in serious condition at a veterinary hospital.
The attack happened about 11:30 a.m. at 33 Hollywood Boulevard NW. TWO PIT BULL MIXES, who live about a half-mile away, have been confiscated.
The dogs — Yorkies named Kiki, TeeTee and Little Boo — had just been let out in their backyard, which is surrounded by a six-foot privacy fence, according to one of their owners, Greg White.
“All of the sudden, our Yorkies started screaming,” White said. “The brown pit bull had one of the Yorkies cornered between the air conditioner and the house, attacking it.”
He said both of the pit bull mixes were involved in the attack and his partner, Wayne Patton, bitten trying to save their dogs. Kiki, who was 6, died. The other two dogs were in emergency surgery early Monday afternoon, battling severe puncture wounds.
Patton was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was still being treated as of 2 p.m., White said.
Mary Rudder, supervisor of Animal Control for the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, said the owner of the pit bull mixes had been cited last August for letting his dogs roam.
At that time, they allegedly attacked and killed two cats, but only one of the owners was willing to fill out a statement. Florida statute requires that a dog has to attack and kill another domestic animal “on more than one occasion” in order for the animal to be confiscated.
The owner was cited and paid a fine for the attack on one of the cats.
Rudder said that the owner had already called her Monday and told her he needed to talk to her.
“I know they’ve done something really bad,” he told her, according to Rudder.
The dogs will be held at PAWS until the outcome of any proceedings to deem them “dangerous” under state statute. She said it wasn’t immediately clear if their vaccines were up to date.
White said Patton had injuries to his hand and legs, as well as less visible trauma.
“He’s just mentally scarred seeing all this, trying to beat the dogs away from him and his other dogs,” White said, adding that the same pit bull mixes had been roaming in their neighborhood a year ago. “Nothing was done.