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According to the Rancho Murieta Security Department, a Yorkshire terrier was killed and its owner was injured after the small dog ran at a pit bull Saturday afternoon in Murieta North and a fight ensued.

The security log entry for the incident gives the time of the incident as 3:01 p.m. and reads: "LOOSE DOG/ DOG FIGHT / LAGO DRIVE, CART PATH, YORKIE GOT LOOSE AND RAN AT LEASHED PIT BULL, YORKIE WAS KILLED, YORKIE OWNER SUFFERED A HAND LACERATION WHILE TRYING TO SEPARATE DOGS, MEDICAL RESPONSE DECLINED, BOTH OWNERS DECLINED ANIMAL CONTROL INVOLVEMENT."


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pit bull killing

Why oh why does anyone have a Pit Bull?  As a dog lover, I don't see any reason for a killer pet, unless there's a reason for ultimate protection.  And, here in Rancho what could that be?

Jude Gaither

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In Memory of Lachey: Our Beloved Yorkie

I’d like to start off with a clarification in response to the online report about the incident that occurred on January 7, 2012 titled “Dog fight fatal to small dog.” The five pound Yorkshire terrier ran up to the 60 pound pitbull and was instantly snatched up and brutally attacked. The small dog suffered from a broken back, punctured lung and major blood loss which resulted in his immediate death. So the article is in fact wrong when it claims that a “fight ensued,” the yorkie never stood a chance against the pitbull. In fact, neither dog owners ever mentioned the word fight when making the report to security.

Lachey Nicholas Brown was not only a cherished dog, but a beloved family member. He was found in a little pet shop in Chinatown on Christmas 2006 by Theresa and Ashley. The mother and daughter fell in love with Lachey as he brought great comfort to them on their first Christmas after the loss of their husband/ father and family dog. They decided to wait a day before buying the tiny puppy, but they knew in their hearts that he would become a great addition to their small family. So they rushed back the next day to purchase the puppy who was small enough to fit into Ashley’s coat pocket. For years Lachey brought happiness to everyone around him, he had lots of friends both dog and human and would even draw crowds when out in public. Unfortunately, last November Theresa became seriously ill and Ashley was away at college and was unable to be there for her mother. Lachey stayed by Theresa’s side as she went through treatment and was nursed back to health. Lachey was a loyal, friendly, loving and strong dog that changed Theresa and Ashley’s life for the better.

  Unfortunately, Lachey Nicholas Brown was violently killed on January 7, 2012; just eight days before the anniversay of the death of Theresa’s husband/Ashley’s father. He was let outside to go to the bathroom in his backyard on the sunny winter afternoon when he saw two larger dogs being walked, so out of curiousity, he ran up to the dogs and was brutally killed. The larger of the pitbull mixes bit into Lachey’s back and violently shook him as Theresa ran outside to retirve her precious dog from the lockjawed animal. It was soon apparent to Theresa and Ashley that they had just witnessed the horrific death of a dearly loved family member.

  The two were absolutely devistated by their loss and were sympathetic towards the owner who watched her own dog vicously take an innocent life. They thought the owner had no idea that the animal was capable of being so violent and just thought of the incident as a fluke or stroke of bad luck. But apparently they were wrong.

  A few days later, it was brought to their attention that the owner has been known to warn other dog walkers that her dogs will, “shread their dog to pieces.” If the owner knew that her dogs were vicous, why did she decide to walk them around the constantly busy Laguna Joaquin during the afternoon while people are walking their dogs and children? Why would she be walking two at a time  if she clearly couldn’t control them while on leashes? Why did her dogs not have muzzles if they tend to be ferocious? How can she live comfortably with an animal that violently kills? And why did she not have enough respect for Lachey and his owners to admit that her dogs have acted vicious in the past?

  Yes, Lachey was not on a leash but that does not justify what happened to him. Domesticated pets do not kill other pets. Hawks, coyotes, bobcats and wolves kill dogs; dogs do not kill other dogs. Lachey did not deserve to be taken down like that and his death could have been avoided if it weren’t for the carelessness of the other dog’s owner. She knew that her dogs were capable of “shreading other dogs” yet she didn’t care enough about other’s well being to keep the lockjawed animals away from other innocent dogs.

  It’s saddening that the owner didn’t deem it neccessary to tell the truth about her animals in order to treat Lachey with the dignity and respect he deserves.

Ashley Low

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Lachie

I'm so sorry for your loss Ashley. How horrible to watch your beloved pet be mauled and killed in front of you.

We go to the lake every day with our dog and I can't imagine the horror of seeing this happen. I REALLY DO  think this incident should be reported to animal control. I would hate to have this happen to someone else's pet .  Please think about  calling them before someone else suffers the same loss.

Again, my deepest sympathys.

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this is my two cents on this

 When I read this article I was shocked and very sad to read how the Yorkie was killed by the pit bull. Though the Yorkie was off leash, I don't believe it would have changed the outcome. If the owner of the Pitbulls knew that her dogs were not socialized and might "schread other dogs", it was her responsibility to muzzle them every single time she walked them in our community.  What would have happened if a child had run toward these dogs instead of the Yorkie? I'm really surprised that the Pitbull wasn't taken to the pound and put down because of this behavior, right then.  I had a small dog that was horrible around other dogs, and because I knew this, when I walked him, and I saw other dogs coming my way, I would pick my dog up just in case....if he had been too big to pick up, he would have worn a muzzle....

Because this has now happened, it WILL happen again with these dogs...it is a shame that people walking their dogs will now be fearful because this wasn't dealt with by the owner of these Pitbulls....

Myrna Solomon

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Animal Control

I would like to let the community know, so it may feel a little safer, that animal control has been notified. After the initial shock and trauma of my mother having to pry our dog from the mouth of a pitbull she did contact authorities at animal control. They are currently doing a full investigation of the animal and we were told that the history of the dog will be open for us to review. Animal control has informed us that our report  will be on the dog's record forever. I pray that this animal doesn't hurt anyone else and hopefully the owner takes the advice of everyone to spend the $5.99 and purchase a muzzle for her dog. I'm hoping in the near future our community can adopt an ordinance making it mandatory for home owners and/or their renters to carry a special bond if they should choose to own this type of dog.

Ashley Low

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Animal Control

I would like to let the community know, so it may feel a little safer, that animal control has been notified. After the initial shock and trauma of my mother having to pry our dog from the mouth of a pitbull she did contact authorities at animal control. They are currently doing a full investigation of the animal and we were told that the history of the dog will be open for us to review. Animal control has informed us that our report  will be on the dog's record forever. I pray that this animal doesn't hurt anyone else and hopefully the owner takes the advice of everyone to spend the $5.99 and purchase a muzzle for her dog. I'm hoping in the near future our community can adopt an ordinance making it mandatory for home owners and/or their renters to carry a special bond if they should choose to own this type of dog.

Ashley Low

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That was the right thing to do.

 Thank you Ashley for the follow up. I was thinking that it would be dicey to run into this same person with the dogs while out and about. 

 

I hope your moms injury was not too great and will heal soon, but I'm sure the terror will last way too long.  All the best. 

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Any dog!

 Any dog that has not been socialized and trained to freeze on command should never be exposed to the public.  If you own a dog, you own their behavior. Shame on the small dogs owner for allowing the dog  to run up to anyone or to other dogs to say hi (I've got one who does this but freezes when we say to stop..... most of the time, we are still working with her) but really shame on the large dogs owner for not being able to stop her dog from harming and killing when another dog runs up.  Yes, it could have been a toddler running up to pet a dog. All big dogs scare me!

I'm so sorry you had to lose your sweet dog like this.  I'm a bit paronoid every time I open our front door. Our dogs have to sit and stay until we look to see if deer are in the yard or someone is walking past before they are allowed out front off leash. We've had our dog kicked by a mama deer and its a lesson that only takes once.  My heart goes to you.  

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A Tragedy :-(

 I am very sorry for this tragic accident.

This, however, is not about pit bulls. This is about a very small dog rushing a much larger dog that is not properly socialized, trained, or managed.  I have met other dogs out here that could and would do similar damage.  

My old girl was scarred by a Dalmation I was told was friendly.  Though under  very different circumstances, my German Shepherd was attacked out here by a Malamute that the vet said would have done very serious damage if he were smaller, and certainly much smaller he would not have stood a chance.   

If any owner out there knows that their dog is outright dangerous (which is different from being reactive), they need to ensure the safety of others in the community. There are some with dogs like this that allow them to run off leash in the back area, and these dogs should be muzzled, as typically owners do not have control over these dogs.  

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***Because this has now

***Because this has now happened, it WILL happen again with these dogs...***

Actually, this really isn't accurate.  It's not like the dog suddenly has turned into this lustful beast that will be out hunting for more.  This dog's reactions were predicted by the owner and it's likely that this incident has not changed the dog  at all.  Hopefully though, it has changed the owner.   The owner might want to contact All Star Dog Training for an evaluation, they have experience with the breed and difficult dogs.  

Only the owners of these dogs know if the same reaction  might be true for people, including kids.   

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 I would never have a dog

 I would never have a dog that would do something like that. As sad as it would be for the owner, she should put it down as it will happen again and will never  trust what it may do. Next could be a small child that thinks it is friendly. 

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Breed is not the issue here

 This is such a tragic and sad situation.  My heart goes out to both pet owners as well as all owners of pit bulls.  I don't believe the breed of the dogs is relevant here.  I believe the issue is negligence.   I think both parties involved could have done more to prevent the tragedy.  The pit bull owner should have muzzled their dog if they knew it was capable of violence even though they were right to have the dogs on leashes.  Dogs can get away from their owners and people do break rules such as leash laws.  The small dog owners should not casually let their dog outside to go to the bathroom off leash, especially if they know their dog is curious about other dogs.  Any dog on a leash will feel threatened when approached by another dog that is not restrained, no matter what breed/size they are.

I am truly sad for both parties.  You are both in my prayers.  Let this be a reminder for all of us to be responsible, respectful pet owners, no matter what breed dogs we own and love.

 

 

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pitbulls in rm

 boy, with all the petty rules and regulations in rm (i was just about fined for a loose bunny!!!)  it seems like there should be something in place concerning fighting dogs, wouldn't ya think?!

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Monster lurking???

Just reading through all of these posts makes me think there is a monster lurking in our community and it needs to be hunted down and removed.  While I too sympathize with the owner who lost their Yorkie in this mishap, I also sympathize with the owner of the Pitbull who killed the Yorkie. It must be a terrible, sick feeling to know that your dog killed someone's beloved pet. I pray that healing for all can be found.

But I'd like to comment on some of the thoughts shared. Regarding Pitbulls, they do make me nervous and a bit fearful of them personally so I keep a good distance because of their reputation. But every single friend I've ever had who has been the owner of a Pitbull has said they are very sweet, loving, affectionate pets and they are "family dogs". I've never known anyone who has said they had a Pitbull but it was so mean or destructive that they had to get rid of it. I do recognize that some people train their dogs to fight and Pitbulls seem to be the breed of choice for that as well. But my experience is they are very good family dogs.

As far as fault/children getting hurt etc. I'd have to say that yes, if you know a dog "may" be a fighter or worse, you SHOULD put a muzzle on it and make certain you can control it while walking it. That is a Pitbull owners' responsibility and it is a MAJOR responsibility. But it's every dog owners responsibility.In fact, this unfortunate event would never have happened if the Yorkie was leashed and CONTROLLED by it's owner! So it goes both ways. If a dog charges another dog, it is the owner who are at fault, not the dog. It's like me opening my front door, letting my dog go charging out the door and into the street. Then when a car comes and hits my dog, I jump up and down shouting what a terrible driver this person is and demanding that their license be revoked. If your yard isn't fenced then you've got to leash your dog. And I do have small children so I have these concerns about dogs attacking them. Again, if my children approach a dog, on a leash, in an aggressive way and get bit or seriously injured or worse, it is my fault for not watching my children or teaching my children to respect a dog's space and beware. It wouldn't be the dog's fault if it bit my child when being approached in a way that made it uncomfortable or concerned for it's safety. Of course, there is a fine line here when approaching dogs and we just have to recognize there is always risk of injury when allowing your dog or your children approach an unknown dog to pet or have social contact with. Yes, the owner should warn immediately if they know the dog is apt to be unfriendly as well. But I really feel that an unleashed dog charging or trotting toward a leashed, behaving dog creates the stress, not the walking, leashed dog.

This is a very sad thing and very traumatic and I'm sorry to both parties for the pain. I hope and pray you can reconcile with each other and with the pain and I hope we all will leash our dogs and control our dogs when they are in a position to cause these type of events.

 

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Training and Socialization

Perfectly explained and agreed with most comments.  Not the dogs fault.  All breeds need proper training and human/pet socialization.  Any untrained socialized dog is like a loaded weapon when threatened, not matter of breed and size.  Just like saying goes, "Guns don’t kill people, people kill people!"  Both owners are at fault, plain and simple.  If the pit had a bad history, then it should have been muzzled.  Likewise, the Yorkie owner should have installed and invisible/buried electric fence or fix any weak points in there fence to prevent the dog’s escape.  Yes, it sound cruel, but it would have saved a life.  Dog socialization is strongly advised.  A confident and friendly dog will not yap and will tolerate much more!  We need a Dog Park and SOON, to aid in dog socialization!  Any word on the Dog Park?

We can relate to some degree.  We have 2 small breeds (Maltese and Pomeranian) that get along together and a large German Shepherd (GS), whom is also well socialized.  However, the small ones yap, bark, and bite (small breed syndrome) at the big one to the point where the GS will swat and nip at them.  Not the GS's fault, just putting them in their place!  So we know not to allow them together unsupervised.  Furthermore, our GS has dug and bit its way through the fence into our neighbor’s yard to play with their two female dogs, so we put up an electric fence.  Several fence panels and 2-3 shocks later, the GS has not even attempted escaping again!  Until we get the small dogs to socialize w/ the big one w/ proper training, we have to be responsible as owners for their wellbeing. 

Out empathy goes out to both owners.  We know pets can be like family members and losing one can be very tough, especially when preventable.

 

Israel & Adalia Mendoza

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