Owner of slain dog seeks Pit Bull ban

Posted at: 11/15/2012 6:54 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Days after a Santa Fe woman was attacked by two Pit Bulls, that also mauled her Chihuahua to death, some are taking a closer look at the city's animal ordinance.

The Chihuahua's owner, Anne Stills, told KOB Eyewitness News 4, nothing will reduce the amount of pain she is feeling both physically and mentally from losing her dog; but said, she plans to do everything she can to make sure this does not happen to someone else.

"It's my goal, to have an ordinance in this county that Pit Bulls are banned unless you carry $2 million dollars insurance with a 12 foot high fence and them on a chain," Stills said.

Since Stills lived to tell her story, she said, she is going to fight for change, in honor of her beloved 6 lb. Chihuahua, Lillie.

"Why would you have known vicious dogs, unchained, or in an area where they could get out, when you know that people walk every day up and down this road with their animals," Stills said.

Stills said two Pit Bulls jumped over a chain link fence at a home on W. Alameda while she was taking Lillie for a walk Tuesday evening.

The Pit Bulls mauled Lillie to death and bit Stills all over her body.

Under the city's current animal ordinance, "all animals must be restrained on their property."

In addition, all dogs and cats must be licensed, vaccinated, spayed and neutered.

The ordinance covers all the basics but states nothing when it comes to particular breeds.

"I don't believe that breeds should be banned, nothing like that," Todd Hodgson, a dog owner who often walks along Alameda, said.

"That's kinda a complicated issue," April Elliott, who also walks her dog along Alameda, said. "Who gets to decide what's a vicious dog."

While Stills understands that any breed can be friendly or mean depending how the owner treats the dog, she said, there needs to be some sort of preventative measure in place so someone else does not lose a companion like Lillie.

"Those dogs will be destroyed, and with it, the owners life I hope," Stills said.

City Councilor Patti Bushee said over the phone, while there is not an ordinance that addresses any particular breed, she does not feel council would be inclined to introduce one. She stands of the belief the responsibility of any dog falls on the owner.