Pit bulls could be put down after attack

Posted at: 11/14/2012 5:50 PM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 10:01 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two pit bulls could be put down after attacking a Santa Fe woman and mauling her Chihuahua to death, police said.

Distraught and heartbroken, the Chihuahua's owner, Anne Stills, said she never imagined a walk with her dog Tuesday night would be their last one.

"She was absolutely, absolutely the love of my life," Stills said. "There will never be another Lillie."

Stills, recovering at home Wednesday, is covered in bite marks from two pit bulls, who she said also attacked and killed her beloved 6 lb. Chihuahua.

"She was my life," Stills said.

The two dogs, now in quarantine, jumped over a chain link fence, Stills said.

"I can't even get a vision in my mind of what happened, except this dog biting me really hard through my clothing and I was holding my dog above my head as far as I could," Stills said.

Stills placed a small memorial at the spot she said she threw her body down to try and protect Lillie.

Another man even tried to intervene, when the pit bulls went for him too, Stills said.

"There was nothing I could do," Stills said.

"Beware of Dog" signs are plastered all over the front of the house off the 600 block of W. Alameda, where Stills said the attack happened.

"We had a couple barking complaints on them in September, as well as running at large and another vicious animal complaint," Sgt. Andrea Dobyns, of the Santa Fe Police Department, said.

But nothing ever came of those complaints since there was no physical attack until now.

Other dog owners who typically walk the area told KOB Eyewitness News 4 it was only a matter of time.

"Occasionally they got loose and they were terribly aggressive," one woman, who was walking her dog Wednesday afternoon, said.

April Elliott said she avoids that particular side of the street when walking her dog.

"We had walked on that side of the street once and that's the last time we did, when we heard those dogs barking and you could hear them, you know, trying to get out," Elliott said.

Stills blames the pit bulls, but said ultimately, the responsibility falls on their owner.

"I want him mauled, and I want him sent to prison, and I want his dogs destroyed," Stills said.

A judge has ten days to decide if the pit bulls will be euthanized.

The owner, whose name is not yet being released, could also face charges.