RIO RANCHO NM - 2 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" RAN LOOSE AND ENTERED A BACKYARD TO MAUL A RETIRED MILITARY DOG THAT SERVED 3 TOURS OF WAR - THE GERMAN SHEPHERD IS STILL ALIVE BUT IS IN FRAGILE CONDITION
Two escaped pit bulls caused chaos in a Rio Rancho neighborhood Aug. 30, mauling a military service dog and invading people’s yards along Christine Drive in the Vista Hills area.
Rio Rancho Animal Control responders arrived on the scene after a resident reported seeing TWO PIT BULLS attacking a neighbor’s German shepherd in its backyard. The service dog had been entrusted to the homeowner by his daughter, who is currently living out of state.
“It was a retired military dog that served three tours of war and was suffering from the fallout from having served in battle conditions,” Deputy Police Chief Paul Rogers said.
The pit bulls savaged the dog and left it in critical condition. One pit bull was immediately captured by Animal Control, but the other led responders on a wild chase through the neighborhood as it jumped in and out of people’s yards.
Rogers said the escaped pit bull was eventually apprehended after it was cornered in a yard by two other dogs.
“Apparently the pit was so tired after what it had done to the poor German shepherd that it couldn’t fight the other two dogs,” Rogers said.
The pit bulls, which belonged to a resident of the neighborhood, have been euthanized. Their owner surrendered them to animal control as an alternative to being given a citation.
The wounded service dog underwent emergency surgery “due to the damage that the two pit bulls exacted upon it,” Rogers said. It remains in fragile condition.
“So far, he’s holding his own,” Rogers said of the service dog’s survival chances.