Pit bull shot while it viciously attacks other dog in Henrico


HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A pit bull was shot while brutally attacking another dog Sunday afternoon in Henrico County. That pit bull died, the other dog is recovering from its injuries.

It happened around 11:40 a.m. at the 2100 block of Bromby St.

“Her dog came down here full speed, everyone is hollering and screaming. I have (a) Lhasa Apso, her name is Foxie. She was on the porch,” said Samanthia Dyer, Foxie’s owner.

Dyer says the pit bull, named Sunshine, started viciously attacking  her little dog.

“Her pit bull had my dog in her neck. Slapping her down back and forth like this on the concrete.”

Sunshine’s owner was also there. Several people tried to pull the dogs apart, but nothing worked.

“My husband went inside and got his gun, shot it in the air a couple of times. And there was still nothing — it didn’t scare the dogs,” said Dyer.

Her husband told the pit bull’s owner he would have to shoot the dog, and the owner agreed. Sunshine was shot three times before finally letting go.

“The dog that was shot  was not very mobile any more. I did end up taking that one to VEC, the Vet Emergency Center on Cary Street, and unfortunately was euthanized due to his injuries,” said Alex Hall, an Animal Protection Officer for Henrico County.

Foxie also went to the emergency room, but she doesn’t have any broken bones or internal injuries. She is back home with her owners.

Officer Hall has dealt with Sunshine before. He says she would frequently get loose, but was always friendly and never had any issues.

“I would say this can occur with any dog breed. We see it on a daily basis almost,” said Hall.

Halll says the only way to prevent it, is to make sure your dog can’t run loose.

“Keep them on your property under your control at all times,” he said.

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