Valley woman has words for owner of loose dog that attacked her support animal

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Pama Tucker said her service dog O'Grady was attacked while on a walk. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Pama Tucker said her service dog O'Grady was attacked while on a walk. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A Valley woman and her service dog are recovering after she says they were attacked by another dog during a walk through their neighborhood.

They never found the owner, so the woman reached out to us to share her story, and hopefully get people to think twice before letting their pets roam free.

"I got him in 2009," said Pama Tucker, O’Grady’s owner.

The Lhasa Apso mix is Tucker’s emotional support dog. 

"Without him, I'd be up a tree," said Tucker.  

In late January, the two were out for a walk. Tucker says a pit bull running loose came at them, biting O’Grady on the neck and ear, and knocking her down.

"He was in my lap, bleeding all over the place and I was just trying to comfort him," she said. "It's indescribable that fear that I felt. I could not help my dog."

Tucker and her neighbors rushed him to the vet.

"He had about eight puncture wounds. His canine tooth was broken," said Tucker.

Tuckers says Maricopa County Animal Care and Control picked up the other dog, but never found the owner. 

Now Tucker has a message for all pet owners, especially those who let their animals roam.

"No matter what breed it is, you are responsible for taking care of that dog, and you accept the responsibility of keeping people safe," she said.

The ordeal cost nearly $2,000 in vet bills, which Tucker’s neighbors graciously helped pay for. She's hoping she can one day reimburse them, so she's set up a GoFundMe account.

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