A family and their dog were attacked, bitten by another dog while walking on a popular metro trail. The man responsible is still on the loose.The family told KETV NewsWatch 7 that the experience was traumatizing, but they won't rest until the dog's owner takes ownership of the ordeal, guaranteeing the safety of everybody else who uses the path.
"If they've done it right there, they've done it before," said Paul Webber. "They're going to do it again."
Webber and his wife, Kari, were on a walk along the Field Club Trail around 7:30 Monday night with their 6-month-old baby and Irish doodle, Teej, when they said a leashed PIT BULL lunged at a small dog down the trail, then turned its attention to them. It happened on the stretch of trail between Gold and Arbor streets.
"The pit bull just came full speed at our dog and right away I just yelled, 'No,'" Kari Webber said.
The Webbers said the dog broke away from its owner, aggressively biting at Teej, even after Paul lifted him off the ground.
"The dog started biting at my legs and trying to get up to Teej and scratching up my body," Paul said.
The scuffle left Teej limping and bloody before Paul was able to pull them apart.
"I was very fearful that he was going to come back and get him, that Teej wasn't going to make it out," Kari said.
Teej is now recovering with stitches in 10 different places. But the pit bull's owner is nowhere to be found.
"Unfortunately, he chose not to do the right thing and he fled the scene before police arrived," Paul said.
The family is calling on the man to come forward.
"Our goal is really just to keep the community safe and have people feel like they can come out on the trail with their family and their dog like they should be able to," Kari said.
“It could be someone else’s dog, it could be someone else’s child, could be someone else’s husband that gets attacked by this dog,” Paul said.
Omaha police and the Nebraska Humane Society are still investigating. Officers with NHS said they'll continue to patrol the area for a few more days. Anyone who might know the dog or his owner is encouraged to contact police or animal control at 402-444-7800.
The suspect is described as a 5’11” Hispanic or black man with a clean-cut face and short hair. His dog is a large, light tan pit bull.