Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ALACHUA FL - A PIT BULL "SOMEHOW" GOT LOOSE AND KILLED THE FIRST ANIMAL IT SAW ...A BELOVED PUGGLE "FRED" BEING WALKED ON A LEASH BY ITS OWNER



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Realtor Henry Rabell still gets emotional when he recalls a deadly dog attack he witnessed Sunday.
“Just absolutely horrid, the dog screaming, the older woman crying,” Rabell said.
Rabell was getting ready for an open house in Alachua when he heard people screaming.
He came out to see a PIT BULL, holding Pugs neck in a death grip.
“It was obvious that the dog wasn’t going to be let go,” says Rabell.
Arlene Zavocki Stewart was walking her "puggle" Fred down the street when officials say an unleashed pit bull attacked.
“It was very surreal, I never witnessed in person a dog this aggressive,” says Rabell.  Multiple people, including Rabell tried to help—but it was too late.
The “puggle,” who was half-pug and half-beagle, died from his injuries.
“He walked into a room like he owned it, and walked right into our hearts, and there wasn’t a single soul that didn’t immediately adore him,” Zavocki Stewart, his owner, said.
Both Alachua Police and Alachua County Animal Services responded to the call. The owner of the attack dog surrendered the dog to be euthanized, which will happen within 10 days. 
Animal Services was criticized in September when it failed to respond to a weekend dog attack but the county recently passed a new ordinance to strengthen their protocols and increase fines. 
“We are trying to make sure we have all the facts straights, but the officer did respond on that Sunday and the attacking dog was brought to the shelter immediately,” Ed Williams, Alachua County Animal Services Director.
Animal attacks happen more often than not, officials say they receive around 1,000 dog bite calls in Alachua County alone.
“The officers will tell you 10% of our call volume come from dog bites alone,” says Williams.
The event is still under investigation, where the pit bull owner could receive financial citations.
“The best thing we can do is encourage everybody to follow the leash laws and keep your animal secure,” says Williams. “[Keep your animal] contained on your property and when you’re off property, make sure they are on a leash.”
Now Zavocki Stewart and her family have to deal with the loss of her beloved dog, Fred.
“I just ask that everyone be a responsible dog owner,” says Zavocki Stewa


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