LAS CRUCES NM - 3 PIT BULLS "SOMEHOW" ESCAPED THEIR PROPERTY AND IMMEDIATELY FOUND SOMETHING TO KILL..."SOPHIE" A BELOVED GERMAN SHEPHERD/AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD MIX IN HER OWN FENCED BACKYARD!!!
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.