(WJAR) — A little dog lost a leg after being attacked by a PIT BULL in Fall River, despite being held in his owner’s arms when he was bitten.
Ace the papillon was back home Thursday after four days at the vet, though one of his hind legs was amputated following the weekend attack on June Street.
“He chewed my dog’s leg off,” Lisa DeCosta told NBC 10 News.
She said Ace will also need his tail amputated and could need help going to the bathroom for the rest of his life.
“It was horrific. It was horrible,” DeCosta said.
DeCosta said she and Ace were coming back from a walk into the yard of their apartment house, when she saw her upstairs neighbor’s dog off leash and picked up Ace under her arm.
But that did not stop the bigger dog.
“Grabbed my dog from behind ... while I was holding him. And I never let go. And he was pulling,” DeCosta said.
“I was horrified, still to this day because of the noise that my dog made. I couldn’t sleep for three nights. The screams that my dog made,” she said.
DeCosta said the pit bull’s owner tried to help separate the dogs, went with her to the vet, and paid some of the bills, which are now over $3,000.
Fall River animal control supervisor Cynthia Berard-Cadima told NBC 10 News that the female pit bull that attacked Ace is now being held in a 10-day quarantine.
The owner could agree to sign the dog over to be put down, the dog could possibly go home with restrictions, or there could be a vicious dog hearing.
“The big thing is people have to be aware and have to keep their dogs on leashes,” DeCosta said.
“You live in apartment houses, the first thing, you should put your dog on a leash,” she added.
Animal control is still working on the case.
Berard-Cadima said a dog owner is typically cited when their dog is off leash, but not when in their own yard.
NBC 10 News was unable to reach the owner of the pit bull for comment.