OMAHA NE - A PIT BULL MIX AND A GREAT DANE MIX ESCAPED THEIR YARD AND KILLED THE 11-YEAR-OLD DOG OF AN 85-YEAR-OLD MAN... TAKING A CHUNK OUT OF THE ELDERLY MAN'S ARM AS HE ATTEMPTED TO SAVE HIS PET
An Omaha man was ticketed Monday by the Nebraska Humane Society after two large dogs escaped a fenced yard and killed a small dog near 34th and W Streets.
The 19-year-old received tickets for improper restraint of a dog and for a pet damaging property, said Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the shelter. The man told police that he did not properly latch a gate on a 6-foot privacy fence, allowing the dogs to get loose.
The man said he lives in a basement apartment of a house and the dogs — aPIT BULL MIX and a GREAT DANE MIX — belong to a woman who lives upstairs but is away on vacation. According to an Omaha Police Department report, the dogs got loose when the man left for work about 11:20 a.m.
“It’s a classic example of dogs being allowed to run loose,” Langan said. “Bad things happen when dogs run loose.”
The dogs were taken into custody by animal control officers from the Humane Society. Officials may seek a court order to hold the dogs for disposition, he said, and they will likely be destroyed.
“The owner could also sign them over to us,” Langan said. “Otherwise, we’ll see a judge about the court order.”
LuAnn Wohr said the two dogs killed her 85-year-old father’s dog, Mojo. Ray Drummond, the owner, was bitten while trying to protect the 11-year-old pet.
“All the neighbors tried to help but there was no stopping” the bigger dogs, Wohr said. “The bigger dog bit my dad and took him to the ground while the smaller one attacked Mojo.”
Drummond has “a chunk of flesh missing below his elbow,” but otherwise he’s doing well, she said. He went to the hospital for a tetanus shot.
“Mojo was my mother’s dog but when she died dad took over,” Wohr said. “We’re on our way to the Humane Society to start looking for another dog.”