Monday, November 28, 2016


It’s a call most pet owners fear the most, but it’s a common accident that can happen to anyone.
The call came after 4 p.m. Friday, When Laryssa Baeza was told from a neighbor that her dog had been viciously attacked.
It happened while Laryssa was out of the house and her dog, Sophie, was playing in the backyard.
Laryssa was told by her neighbor that THREE PIT BULLS  climbed over the wall, two of them allegedly cornering Laryssa’s dog, Sophie, into her dog house.
That is when neighbors heard Sophie cry, and acted quickly to save her.
“I felt so helpless. I felt like I should have been here it made me feel like it was my fault because I wasn’t home to protect her,” Baeza said.
Once home, Laryssa and her husband rushed Sophie to a local emergency veterinarian clinic.
But the emergency surgery to save Sophie’s life was too expensive and she had to be put down.
Sophie was a 44 pound mixed German and Australian Shepherd, she would often play with Laryssa’s 18-month-year-old son who adored her.
“I thank God that it wasn’t my son or me or any other person that got hurt, but it’s just really sad that it was her and she’s a family member it was heartbreaking,” Baeza said.
KFOX14 spoke with Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, executive director of the Animal Service Center of Melilla Valley, she says, “If you’re going to have a dog outside unsupervised you’re almost going to have to ensure and I know this sounds really terrible but it’s true, you’re going to have to insure that nothing can get in to harm that animal, so it’s a two-way street.”
We also reached out to Frank Bryce, President of the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico.
He says, dogs who travel in packs tend to be far more aggressive.
Doctor Vesco-Mock say’s pet owners need to be extra vigilant, especially living in the city where other pets live nearby.
Mock says keeping your pet secure is key. She suggests pad locks, and higher walls to protect pets from escaping as well as pets coming into a pet owner’s property.
KFOX14 reached out to the pet owner of the pit bulls who had escaped but they declined our request for an interview and did not wish to give a statement at this time.


Anonymous said...

Doctor Vesco-Mock is doing the typical pit-nutter blame-the-victim thing. If someone overpowered Doctor Vesco-Mock in the supermarket parking lot, or in her front yard, or at her work, or in her own home, what would she say? That she should have built herself a higher wall? That it was HER responsibility to protect herself better?

Come on, Doc, pull your head out!

Anonymous said...

How many dogs across the planet are left in yards unsupervised? They should all die because they are unsupervised and we cannot protect them from every danger they might encounter in the backyard?

Isn't it something that even if something wanders into a backyard with a pit bull, it dies?

I'm starting to detect a trend, but heaven forbid pit bulls should be blamed for killing things. If you let things wander, they deserve to die. If you leave your pet in your yard and a pit bulls comes in to kill it, it deserves to die as well.

We must all give ourselves, our pets, and our loved ones to be sacrificed at the alter of the sacred pit bull. For there is no deliverance from the sacred sacrifice at the pit bull alter.

Anonymous said...

I guess we will all have to build vicious dog enclosures in our own yards just to protect the normal pet dogs from the monsters people are deluded into thinking of as pets. Once the family pet is secure, I wonder if the monster owners would consider actually confining their animals if their neighbors left bear traps around said enclosures.