Glendale resident Janet Kinsey's Chihuahua Coco was attacked in her neighborhood during a walk earlier this month. (Source: CBS 5 News)
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
Two German shepherds are believed to be responsible for the fatal mauling of a Chihuahua being walked by its owner in a Glendale neighborhood.
Police records indicate the same dogs are responsible for another fatal dog attack in November of 2012.
Officials with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said the German shepherds have been impounded. They were picked up over the weekend.
The most recent incident happened three weeks ago. Glendale resident Janet Kinsey was walking her two Chihuahuas on the neighborhood sidewalk when one of her dogs was attacked.
Two massive German shepherds began to maul the Chihuahua, ripped its leash, picked up the dog and carried it away.
"I was just terrified. I have nightmares now thinking what could have happened to me," says Kinsey.
Kinsey feels lucky her other dog, 12-year-old Tinkerbell, survived the vicious attack. It was attached by a double leash to 9-year-old Coco, one of Tinkerbell's litter.
"They were just vicious, vicious, and just mauling at my dog," said Kinsey.
Following the fatal attacks both this year and last year, the dog's owner, Rodney Patterson, was cited simply for the misdemeanor charge of "dogs at large."
CBS 5 News tracked down Patterson's address and knocked on the door to inquire about the potentially dangerous dog situation. No one answered the door despite voices being heard inside the home.
Two German shepherds, however, did make themselves known by peeking through a broken slat in the backyard fence.
"I'm surprised the dogs are still there, yes," said Kinsey.
Only in a situation where a dog has attacked a person will that dog be immediately removed from a home and placed in a 10-day quarantine period.
A dog owner whose pet is injured or killed in a dog on dog attack has to take several specific steps to try to have potentially dangerous dogs removed from the neighborhood.
"You're angry, you're frustrated, thinking 'What can I do?' It almost feels like there's nothing you can do. But you can. You can go to the city. You can say, 'I want to file a report,'" said Melissa Gable with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
Gable referred CBS 5 News to the City of Glendale Municipal Court where a specific petition was located that residents can file to try and have a dog or dogs declared vicious.
A judge will hear evidence on Jan. 6 and take appropriate action, potentially up to and including euthanizing the offending dogs.
Patterson will be in court on Dec. 30 to face the misdemeanor charges. If found guilty, he could face a maximum of $2,500 in fines and six months in jail.
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