Fate unknown for Pit Bulls involved in dog attack

Posted at: 12/28/2012 5:31 PM
Updated at: 12/28/2012 5:37 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two pit bulls in Santa Fe will remain in city custody while their owner awaits trial.

Gerard Matthews is still trying to save the dogs lives, after they mauled a chihuahua to death in November.
 
A memorial still rests in front of the pit bull owner's front yard, nearly two months after Lillie was mauled to death.
 
"I'll mourn her loss for the rest of my life," Anne Stills, Lillie's owner, said. "There isn't a night that doesn't go by that I don't cry and miss her."
 
Stills said, she even sleeps with Lillie's ashes beside her at night, to feel her spirit, since she will never be able to hold her again.
 
Back in November, two pit bulls jumped a fence and attacked Stills and killed Lillie while taking a walk down W. Alameda.
 
Their owner, Matthews, told a judge he did not want the pit bulls back but instead, wants them sent to a rehabilitation center.
 
No plea deal was reached in court Thursday, and instead, a trial was scheduled to decide the dogs fate.
 
"If I could be 100% assured that these dogs would never ever be released into the public again, where they could never ever do any harm, I might, might, be okay with them staying in a rescue, but I think ultimately they're going to wind up getting put down whether they go to a rescue or not because they're dangerous," Stills said.
 
While the dogs fate will be settled before a judge, Stills maintains her mission, on behalf of her beloved Lillie, to change the penalties for owners whose dogs, kill.
 
"I'll go city, county, state, national," Stills said. "There needs to be laws in this country that everybody understands who takes on the responsibility of an animal."
 
Trial is scheduled for the end of February.
 
The Pit Bulls' owner's attorney could not be reached for comment.