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Family: Pit bulls mauled our chihuahua to death

by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 31 at 7:39 PM

Map: Stapley Drive and Southern Avenue

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MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa woman made a gruesome discovery Saturday morning. Karen Gleason said she woke up to find that the family's chihuahua, Tiny, had been mauled to death by two pit bulls.

The pit-bulls -- both of which were wearing tags, according to Gleason -- apparently got through a gate and into a back room of the house through a door that had been left open. The dogs ran off before police arrived at the home near Stapley Drive and Southern Avenue.

Gleason said she hopes the owners of the pit bulls come forward before another dog -- or worse, a child -- is attacked.

Right now, dogs and cats in Arizona are considered property, which means there's no repercussions for dog-on-dog attacks except for a leash-law violation for the dog's owner or perhaps a civil trial. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control cannot get involved unless a person is threatened.

A Glendale couple is hoping to change that with the introduction of Fabian's Law, also known as as the vicious dog owner's responsibility law.

Sally and Richard Andrade said their dog, Fabian, was attacked and killed by a pit bull in September 2009. Since then, they have been pushing for a law that would require strict penalties for dog-on-dog attacks.

 

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