LEWISTON MAINE - A YOUNG MAN WAS CONSIDERING ADOPTING A PIT FROM THE GREATER ANDROSCOGGIN HUMANE SOCIETY THAT SHOULD NOT BE AROUND OTHER DOGS, CATS OR YOUNG CHILDREN...SO HE WAS ALLOWED TO WALK THE LAND SHARK TO AN APARTMENT WHERE TEENAGERS LIVED WITH THEIR BELOVED FAMILY YORKIE...WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
A dog described as a PIT BULL attacked and killed a tiny Yorkie and left two teens who tried to pull them apart bleeding so badly they both wound up in the emergency room.
“We’re just devastated,” said Diraida Santos, the owner of the five-year-old dog killed Monday.
Santos said the attack occurred when a friend of her 17-year-old daughter stopped by the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society and walked it down Strawberry Avenue to her apartment.
Steve Dostie, executive director of the shelter, said a man came in with a possible interest in adopting the mixed breed dog and took him for a walk outside to get acquainted. Taking it inside another building or near another dog violated the shelter’s rules, he said.
As soon as it got inside, two boys who witnessed the attack said, the pit bull-like dog grabbed their family pet, Rocco Armani, in its jaws. Blood was everywhere, they said.
The two teens tried to yank the dogs apart, Santos said, but couldn’t do it. The visiting dog just crunched all the harder, she said.
In the process, the young man received lacerations on his face and Santos’ daughter’s hands were cut.
They were both taken to the hospital, where they remained late Monday afternoon, according to Santos.
“We feel absolutely horrible that this has happened,” Dostie said. “It’s very traumatic for everyone.”
The unnamed shelter dog is going to be held for 10 days to make sure no medical issues arise, Dostie said, and then it will be euthanized.
Dostie said he hasn’t talked with the owner of the pet that died, but promised to do whatever he can to help the victim. He said it is “quite upsetting” that a dog ended up dead.
The man who took the dog out followed the normal protocol for potential adoptions, leaving an identification card at the front desk AND RECEIVING INSTRUCTIONS NOT TO LET IT INTERACT WITH OTHER DOGS.....DOSTIE SAID THE SHELTER'S INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DOG HE SELECTED ALSO INCLUDED A WARNING THAT IT SHOULDN'T BE AROUND CATS OR YOUNG CHILDREN.
But, he said, the dog had not been a problem since it arrived at the shelter sometime in February. It was merely “a little rambunctious,” he said.
Dostie said they’ve had dogs out for a walk slip off their leash or other minor problems in the past, but they’ve always been able to round up the dog without much trouble.
This time, though, there was nothing anyone could do.
“It’s a sad situation all the way around,” Dostie said.
Santos, who was at work at the time, said she came home to find her sons in tears and her daughter in the hospital.
“I’m sitting here and crying,” she said as she showed pictures of Rocco at her kitchen table. “I can’t believe I lost my dog today.”
She said she got Rocco, who weighed four pounds, from a breeder five years ago. He made himself part of the family in the years since, she said.
“We spoiled him big time,” Santos said. “He was like another son for me. He was such a good dog.”