Princess sitting in a lawn chair with her 9-year-old owner, just minutes before she was attacked and killed at a children's soccer game by a pit bull. Photo via screen capture from KRQE News 13
A Roswell, New Mexico, family has been traumatized after a pit bull viciously attacked and killed their pet dog, Princess, while its 9-year-old owner held her leash.
The attack happened at a children’s soccer game and was witnessed by many young children and families. One girl reportedly held onto her dog while Princess, a Pomeranian, was killed.
“All the children on the field were screaming, parents, spectators, everybody in between, it was just a big scene,” Lisa Pickard, the dog owner’s mother, said in a report by KRQE News 13.
According to KRQE News 13′s report, Pickard was walking with her family along the soccer field after her 6-year-old son’s fame. Her 9-year-old daughter was walking Princess on a leash when the little dog was torn from her grip by a pit bull as the family passed by. The pit bull was on a leash, however no one was holding the leash.
“I had to jump out in front of the stroller and grab the leash from her hand to try to pull to get our dog away from that dog,” said Pickard, reports KRQE News 13.
Unfortunately, it all happened to fast and Princess was already dead.
“Extremely horrifying just to see her, it happened right in front of me…it was just very gruesome,” said a witness, Kristina Sanders, reports KRQE News 13.
According to a report by KRQE News 13, the family had 2-year-old Princess since she was a puppy, and had taken her to parades and soccer games in the past and had never seen a dog act aggressively toward her.
Pickard said the attack has been hardest on her 9-year-old daughter, reports KRQE News 13.
“She was screaming, ‘I’m not coming back to these soccer fields again, I’m not going to my game,’” Pickard told KRQE News 13.
On Monday a judge released the pit bull back to its owner. The owner has received citations for running at large and vicious animal, reports KRQE News 13.
“My children are permanently scarred,” Pickard told KRQE News 13. “Not only did the spectators have to witness what happened, but they had a love and affection, and this was their dog, and they had to witness the death of their animal.”
While Pickard told KRQE News 13 that she is grateful that the dog did not attack one of her children, she says she the pit bull may attack again if given the opportunity.
“It’s done it once, what makes it not want to do it again?” Pickard said to KRQE News 13. “And hopefully next time it wouldn’t be a human or a child.”
Pickard told KRQE News 13 that she was shocked to hear that the pit bull was back with it’s family, and that she believed there should be harsher punishments imposed on dog owners in cases like this and said she will be fighting in court to have the pit bull euthanized.
According to KRQE News 13, this is the fourth pit bull attack this month alone in the state of Arizona that resulted in either death or serious injury. A Santa Fe man and Las Cruces toddler were killed by their family pit bulls, and a Hobbs boy survived an attack by a neighborhood dog. All of the dogs involved in those cases were euthanized.
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