A Charlotte woman said an unleashed PIT BULL brutally attacked her foster dog on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in uptown Wednesday afternoon.
CMPD Animal Care and Control is investigating and searching for the pit bull’s owner. The case has caused an outrage online and motivated a push for stricter leash laws.
“I started screaming for help I was just screaming out help, it's so terrifying this dog wouldn't stop and Bo’s looking at me like help me,” Christine Conway recalled, her voice breaking. She said a peaceful greenway walk with nine-year-old rescue mix, Bo, quickly turned into one of the scariest moments of her life.
“There was this dog just speeding at us,” Conway said. “He just started attacking Bo. I'm screaming out. My heart was just breaking because I was like, I can't stop this dog.”
She told NBC Charlotte the owner of the pit bull eventually arrived then quickly left with the dog. Bo had to be rushed to the emergency vet. He endured several hours of operations and had to have stitches.
To add insult to injury, Bo is a seven-year-old foster who was rescued from abuse several years ago. He was supposed to meet a potential new family this weekend but now it looks like that may not happen.
“Even for well-behaved dogs, people should get fined for having their dog off the leash, it's not fair,” Conway said. “Who's holding these people accountable?”
There is no statewide leash law, but in Mecklenburg County, if you're caught with an unleashed dog, you could face a fine of $50 dollars for a first offense. But that's only if you're caught. ****IF YOU'RE BUSTED FIVE TIMES, YOU COULD HAVE TO PAY UP TO $500 AND MAY EVEN HAVE TO SURRENDER YOUR PET.
Bo’s story has inspired the neighborhood to send in formal requests for police to increase patrols near Little Sugar Creek Greenway and actively enforce leash laws.
“We're going to stand up, we're going to stand up and say, 'Hey this is not right.' We want to live somewhere where we can all live together and it's a safe environment,” Conway said.
As for Bo, he’s still waiting for a break, waiting for adoption through the South Charlotte Dog Rescue.