Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Dogs Running Loose Kill a Pet
Today on Goodloe Drive, two large dogs attacked and killed a small Shih-Tzu/Chihuahua mix named Sammy who was sunning himself in his own front yard. The two aggressors were a Pit Bull and a Pit Bull/Mastiff mix that got loose from their owner’s fenced yard on Twin Lake Drive. The attack on 7-pound Sammy was reported by a neighbor who saw the dogs on the property. Sammy’s owner was not at home during the violence. Sammy’s yard is surrounded by invisible fencing, which kept him in but unfortunately does not keep other animals out.
When Animal Control Officer Tom Worthy was dispatched to respond to the incident, he recognized the description of the larger of the two dogs as one whose owner had previously been cited for allowing it to run loose. After seeing Sammy’s remains, Tom found the two dogs back at the home of their owner, Celia Ventura, and she voluntarily surrendered the dogs to Officer Worthy for euthanization. Ms. Ventura was also arrested for two counts of allowing dogs to run at large.
Owners of dogs have a legal responsibility to keep their animals under control, for the welfare of the dog itself and for the safety of the general public. Owners of large dogs need to be particularly aware of their dog’s potential for causing harm, even unintentionally. I am an animal lover and the owner of an obedient 50-pound dog who is a threat only to the resident City squirrels. I have a 6-foot security fence around my back yard and when Hank leaves the property, he goes on a leash. It’s the law.