DOG MAULING: Bullboxer pit kills toy spaniel, owner flees - KMSP-TV

DOG MAULING: Bullboxer pit kills toy spaniel, owner flees

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A Minneapolis family is speaking out with a warning for pet owners after their beloved dog was fatally mauled by a larger dog whose owner watched and walked away without apology on Sunday evening.

The owners of 8-year-old Ziggy, a 7-pound Papillon, told Fox 9 News a 70-pound Bullboxer pit charged "out of nowhere" during a walk through Martin Luther King Jr. Park in the Kingfield neighborhood at 7 p.m.

Worse still, Julene Lind said her beloved Ziggy was mauled and killed while the owner of the larger dog -- a designer breed created by breeding a Boxer with a pit bull -- watched with her four children.

"I was screaming at the owner to please do something -- do something," she recalled.

Yet, Lind said the woman who owned the attacking dog did nothing, offered no apology, and did not call 911 before walking away.

"I had blood on my arms; I was beating the dog, kicking the dog," Lind said. "I had my hands in its mouth, pulling back on both sides. I was pounding on its head, but I had two other dogs, so I was worried."

Lind said she asked other people to hold the dogs, but no one would.

"No one would call 911 and no one would follow her," Lind said. 

Lind and her husband, Steve, both wrestled with the bigger dog, which also bit Steve's arm.

Now, Ziggy's owners are spreading the word about the attack in the hopes that another pet owner will be spared from a similar experience. 

"She just stood there, and she had a baby and three small children with her and they just stood on the side and watched their dog kill our dog," Lind said. 

The police report from the incident states that the attacking dog is described as brown in color with a light tan chest and neck. The woman who owned the dog was last seen walking east over the nearby footbridge with a baby, two small boys and a girl. 

Lind said the dog's owner was carrying the baby on her chest and one of her three children was walking the large dog when it charged and the child lost control.

"When Ziggy finally gave up and the dog doesn't have any fight left in it, he just released it and walked back to his family," she said. 

Lind said the woman refused to provide any information to them even though it was obvious Ziggy had been killed, and dog trainer Maureen Haggerty -- who trains large dogs with what she calls a "high prey drive" -- confirmed the owner left the scene of the crime. 

"Some [dogs] will get excited by small dogs that look like a squirrel and bunny," Haggerty said. "What does a predator do when they hunt? You know, the intention is to kill."

Haggerty is currently training apit bulll at her school, the Canine Coach, to help that dog stay calm around other dogs.

"It's a common problem," Haggerty said. "You need to be aware of your dog's issues and have a good physical restraint of your dog in training." 

Although Lind says the larger dog was wearing a brown harness, she believes some simple steps toward responsible pet ownership could have saved her pet's life.

"It's unfortunate because we lost our dog and we can't use the park," Lind said. "I wouldn't advise anyone with small dogs to go to this park."

Anyone with information regarding the dog attack or the owner's identity is urged to call Animal Control at 612-370-1434.

It is a misdemeanor to fail to keep a dog properly leashed if you're off your own property and it causes great bodily harm to another dog or human. Additionally, Minneapolis ordinances require any dog or pet brought to a city park to remain on a leash at all times. More information on Minneapolis park ordinances can be found online here.

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