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Our family beagle was attacked and mauled by a pit bull while being walked on a leash by my teenage daughter. The unprovoked attack occurred after the pit bull bolted out of a neighbor's yard and ran into the street.
By sheer luck my daughter was able to free our dog, but the pit bull pursued both onto our property and into our garage repeatedly jumping, snapping and terrorizing them until they were able to enter the house. Our vet later stated it was a miracle our dog was not killed or that the pit bull did not turn on my daughter, and firmly believed that, given the opportunity, this dog will attack again.
After hearing the accounts of the attack, including the fact that the dog had been off the neighbor's property on numerous prior occasions, Spotsylvania County Animal Control and General District Court responded by fining the owner a mere $25. The pit bull was neither removed from the home nor ordered to be muzzled when outdoors and remains in our neighborhood leaving us to wonder when or whom this dog will next attack.
I maintain that a subdivision is simply no place for this dog, and I'm left to ask when Spotsylvania County will get serious about violent dog attacks and act to remove these dangerous animals from their irresponsible owners before a more serious tragedy occurs.