Second Pit Bull Attack This Week Kills Family’s Beloved Dog, Commissioner Suggests Civil, Criminal Penalties
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BROOKSVILLE – Another family suffered the traumatic loss of their beloved pet this week, after a vicious pack of Pit Bulls brutally mauled their dog to death.
“There was nothing we could do but run,” says Georgina Gutierrez, when she and her 6-year-old granddaughter were walking their 14 lb. Schnorkie, Schnauzer-Yorkie mix, on Halsey Road, Tuesday.
Georgina says her dog was on a leash as they walked past 25620 Halsey Road and that’s when two large Pit Bulls charged through the fence and grabbed her dog. “They grabbed ‘Caspian’ like a rag doll and started yanking him and yanking him,” a tearful Georgina said, as she recounted the horrifying event. A woman ran out of the residence, presumably the dog’s owner, and tried to stop the attack, but Georgina says they turned on her as well, causing injuries to her arms.
Ramon Gutierrez, Georgina’s husband was devastated by the news and says they only had Caspian for about 18-months before he was killed. Ramon could barely hold back the tears as he explained how much Caspian meant to the family, and how his granddaughter will be scarred from the terrifying incident.
Ramon was told that the owners received a $100 citation, but that to the best of his knowledge, the dogs were not seized by Animal Control.
Frustrated over the lack of enforcement, Ramon turned to the media to try and find answers.
We spoke with newly appointed Chairman of the Hernando Board of County Commissioners, Steve Champion who said, “What we would like to see is pet owners be responsible.” Champion wasn’t suggesting a ban on vicious dogs, or Pit Bulls specifically, but he did suggest stiffer civil and even criminal penalties for irresponsible owners who allow their vicious animals to maim or kill. Champion says he will be asking his fellow board members and the County Attorney to discuss suitable and fair options for the County.
The Sheriff’s Office has control of animal enforcement and the County controls the Impound Facility, which makes oversight and regulating difficult. Champion suggests that since the County oversees the facility, they should also manage enforcement.
On Sunday, a pack of Pit Bulls nearly killed a woman’s 26-year-old Pony and it still faces a long road to recovery, after losing an ear and suffering numerous lacerations. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY
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