LONG ISLAND NY - A NYPD OFFICER'S RESCUED/ADOPTED PIT "SOMEHOW" GOT AWAY FROM ONE OF ITS "RESPONSIBLE OWNERS" AND FATALLY MAULED A BELOVED 7-YEAR-OLD PEAGLE "BISCOTTI" JUST TAKING A WALK IN HIS OWN YARD
She went from a rescued dog to a killer.
An NYPD officer with a big heart adopted Mila, an emaciated PIT BULL he rescued in September from an abandoned home in Queens. Just as the 15-month-old dog was adjusting to her new environment in Huntington, L.I., the pit bull ran into a neighbor’s yard and latched her powerful jaws onto Biscotti, a small 7-year-old Peagle.
It took place on April 21 — right in front of the smaller dog’s owner, who still has nightmares about the fatal attack.
“Biscotti was just squatting down and this white image came out of the woods in the back of our yard and tackles him, completely unprovoked,” said Biscotti’s owner, Louise. “(Mila) slaps him down on his back and begins shaking him. She was peeling away her ear like an artichoke.”
Little Biscotti — a mixture of Pekingese and beagle — was screaming.
Louise, who had two other dogs with her, got tangled up in their leashes and fell to the ground.
“I came face to face with the pit bull,” said Louise, who asked to withhold her last name because she feared retaliation from pit bull owners.
“She was shaking Biscotti,” the woman recalled. “All this blood was coming onto my face.”
Louise managed to grab Mila’s mouth in the hopes of freeing her beloved dog “but her jaws were way too strong,” she said.
Mila started pulling Biscotti toward the woods. The smaller dog stopped screaming.
“She was shaking him like a rag doll! Like a rag doll!” Louise said. “(Biscotti) was 38 pounds. I know people with small children who are less than 38 pounds!
“I was screaming at the dog ‘You killed him, you f---! You killed him!”
Armed with a pole, Louise’s husband managed to force Mila to drop Biscotti. He kept the gray-and-white pit bull at bay until Suffolk County cops were called to corral the animal.
Mila bit both Louise and her husband, although their injuries were minor.
Biscotti wasn’t so lucky. After suffering massive bite wounds and a spinal injury after being shaken so forcefully, he died on May 2.
Officer Joshua Sailor apologized for Mila’s behavior, Louise said. The hazel-eyed pit bull was staying with Sailor’s girlfriend, who co-owns the dog, and her family.
Louise said she plans to sue Sailor, 25, over her dog’s death and the injuries she and her husband sustained. The cop did not return a call seeking comment.
Meanwhile, Louise’s other dog, a 4-year-old brindle boxer named Nala, was also attacked and remains traumatized.
The once-friendly dog is now very fearful and runs away from everything. She’s also developed an ulcer, Louise said.
“Nala and Biscotti were like frick and frack,” she said. “Since this happened, she’s been super sad. She doesn’t want to stay outside. She hears another dog and is suddenly in fear of her life.”
The Emergency Services Unit rescued Mila from a dilapidated home on Farmer’s Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens, back on Sept. 30.
Someone had chained the pup to the door frame of the home, forcing her to remain in a foot-wide gap between the main door and screen door without any food or water.
As soon as she was freed, Sailor and the pit bull bonded immediately, the cop told the Daily News in December.
“She ran right up to me,” Sailor said. “I realized that this dog needed a lot of love and I have a lot of love to give.”
The ASPCA, which cared for Mila before Sailor could adopt her, honored the young cop at a luncheon in December, where cops and prosecutors were lauded for their roles in the enforcement, investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases.
An ASPCA spokeswoman said the agency wasn’t aware of the attack, adding that they hadn’t provided any “post-adoption behavior consultation for this animal.”
Louise’s neighbor claimed Mila was working with a trainer at least once a week.
The attack shows that there should be more breed specific local and state laws that would define certain dogs as vicious and require their owners to muzzle them in public, get insurance in case the dog attacks and get better fencing for their homes and yards, Biscotti’s owner said.
If breed specific laws existed, pit bulls would be on the top of the list, she said.
“About 70% of fatal dog bite attacks were committed by pit bulls but their just 6% of the dog population,” she said. “Pit bull activists say it’s not the breed but how the dog is trained. How can that be?”
Louise is pushing her local legislators to draft laws for her town and others.
“The fact is they are not taking any precautions against these dogs,” she said. “Biscotti got me through kidney cancer and breast cancer. It’s my job to make sure he doesn’t die in vain.”
The ASPCA disagrees, claiming that breed-specific laws would create “the unfair and inhumane targeting of responsible pet guardians and their dogs.”
Instead, communities should adopt breed-neutral laws that “hold reckless dog guardians accountable for their dogs’ aggressive behavior,” the agency said.