PORT ORANGE, Fla. —A Port Orange family wants to know why the dogs that killed their beloved Chihuahua have not been confiscated from their owners.
According to Port Orange police, the two dogs that killed the Chihuahua on Friday on Bayview Lane got loose, and it isn’t the first time. The dogs’ owner has been cited previously for letting his animals run loose.
“All of a sudden I heard this really horrible screeching noise, like a cry,” said Christine Wilcox.
Christine and Bob Wilcox said their 6-pound Chihuahua Macho wasn’t a match for two bigger dogs, described as a husky mix and a pit bull mix.
Police said while Macho was chained to his leash on the family’s back steps, the big dogs pounced. Christine could only grab her pet from their clutches when her neighbor’s dog distracted them.
“There was some blood on his belly and there was a hole,” said Christine Wilcox. “I heard air. So, I automatically knew that more than likely there was a lung punctured.”
Doctors couldn’t save Macho, but Bob and Christine assumed police and animal control would remove the dogs.
Turns out that even though the big dogs have had the run of the neighborhood, they’d never attacked another animal or person. Under Florida law, Macho’s death was a first offense. Now that they’ve been declared dangerous, a second offense would lead to a harsher punishment.
“While they’re home with their pets and their family we’re having to deal with quite a traumatic experience with trying to explain to our 7-year-old that his doggie was killed,” said Bob Wilcox.
Christine and Bob Wilcox said they are shocked that the two dogs were not confiscated, but they said what is almost as disturbing for them is that the owner of the dogs never apologized for the attack.