CAMP VERDE, Ariz. -- A Camp Verde family has lost its pet donkey after the animal was viciously attacked by a neighbor's pit bull.
Deputies from the Camp Verde Marshal's Office received multiple 911 calls reporting that the dog was attacking the miniature donkey, and that the dog was also being aggressive toward people.
The pit bull had somehow gotten loose from its yard, got into the donkey's pen through a hole in the fence, and attacked.
When deputies arrived, the found the dog acting aggressively and attacking the donkey, leaving them no alternative but to shoot the pit bull.
Renee and Richard Allen were the owners of the donkey, named Jack.
"There was just nothing we could do," Richard said. "We just had to stand there and watch it."
The attack lasted 15 minutes.
"My donkey was bitten from head to toe," Richard said. "He had severe puncture wounds all over. His ear was almost torn off. His muzzle and his mouth were chewed up."
"It was terrifying," Renee said. "I've never witnessed anything like it, and I hope to God I never have to see anything like that again."
The Allens consulted a veterinarian at the scene. Due to the severe injuries sustained from the dog attack, a decision was made to euthanize Jack.
The dog's owner, Steven Spearman, 26, was cited with for allowing a vicious dog to be at large. That's a class 1 misdemeanor.
A spokesman for the Marshal's Office said they had been called to Spearman's residence two times before this. One call was on July 5, 2013 for animals fighting and the other was on July 7, 2013 for a report of animal abuse. There were no charges filed in either of those instances.