HARVEST, MADISON COUNTY AL - A PIT BULL "SOMEHOW" RAN LOOSE AND FLEXED ITS DNA...FIRST KILLING ONE NEIGHBOR'S BELOVED POODLE "PATCHES" THEN GOING ON DOWN THE STREET AND KILLING ANOTHER NEIGHBOR'S YORKIE "BEAN"
A woman told WAAY 31 her dog was attacked and killed just ten minutes after another neighborhood dog was killed by what the woman says was the same PIT BULL.
The first victim, Margaret and Jerry Keel, said their poodle was dragged by the larger dog and dropped in the vacant field off of Harvest Ridge road in Harvest. While other victim, Angela Thornberry, said her dog was attacked further down that same road.
"He would look after me wherever I was at," said Margaret Keel, whose dog was killed in Wednesday afternoon's attack.
Margaret Keel is mourning the loss of her dog, Patches.
"I feel very sad, I didn't sleep any the night before last," Margaret said.
Margaret told WAAY 31 her dog was one of two killed by another neighborhood dog. And her son, Jerry, said he saw it all happen.
"[Patches] never whimpered, so I'm sure he crushed him immediately," Jerry said.
Jerry then said the unthinkable happened. While he was on the phone with 911 about his mom's dog, Patches -- he said he heard another woman screaming for help about her dog. That woman he later learned was neighbor Angela Thornberry -- Thornberry's Yorkshire Terrier, Bean, was also attacked and killed by the same dog.
Thornberry says she still can't believe her pet is gone.
"All he wanted to do was play," Thornberry explained.
Thornberry said she then called Madison County animal control and the Madison County Sheriff. Jerry and Thornberry said the sheriff told them they could only give the owners of the offender dog a fine for having their dog off leash.
WAAY 31 tried knocking on the door of the person who Jerry and Thornberry said owns the dog responsible for the attack. However, both times no one was home.
We also tried reaching out to Madison County animal control but were unable to get a response, so WAAY 31 looked into how authorities respond to dog on dog violence.
But the the laws listed on Madison County's website only addressed aggressive behavior towards humans - not other dogs. And thornberry says, that's not enough.
Now both Thornberry and Margaret are left missing their dogs. Margaret even wrote a poem for her special pup.
"I love my little white poodle, and he loves me," Margaret said.