Three Rottweilers reportedly attacked and killed a small Chihuahua-Poodle cross on Friday evening as the small dog and her owner were walking on a residential street on the west side of North Platte.It was a beautiful evening when the attack occurred about 7:05 p.m. on West Fourth St. between Pacific and Buffalo, the dog’s owner said. She asked not be named.
“We usually take a walk around 7 p.m.” she said. “We’ve walked up that street many times with no problems. We have never seen those dogs there.”
This time, things were different.
The woman said three black Rottweilers ran toward them out of a yard as they walked by. The dogs ran toward them from an angle, following one another. She said they seemed to intent on the little dog -- Ally-Jean -- at the end of her leash.
The Rottweilers knocked the woman down as they tore into the Chihuahua-cross, and Ally-Jean was mangled.
A passing motorist stopped and helped send the bigger dogs away, and helped the woman to her feet. The owner suffered bumps and bruises, but was not bitten, according to the police report.
“They stopped and helped and I’m very thankful that they did,” the woman said.
The owner of the Rottweilers, Darr Street, also came out of his house nearby and helped get the Rottweilers away from the woman, who is 71-years-old.
Ally-Jean was taken to a veterinarian, where she was pronounced dead. There were bite marks on her abdomen. Police were notified and began investigating at the veternarian's office, police spokesman John Deal said.
Police contacted Street and informed him that the Rottweilers were deemed potentially dangerous. The dogs were taken to the North Platte Animal Shelter. Street was cited for three counts of dogs on the loose.
Street has 10 days to appeal the "potentially dangerous" determination. If he does not, only one Rottweiler could be released back to him, because only one potentially dangerous animal can be kept at a house, according to city ordinances, Deal said.
The woman said she rescued Ally-Jean four years ago from an abusive situation. Ally-Jean is the second dog she’s lost in five years. The first one died a natural death, she said.
She says she won’t own another dog again.
“It’s too hard to lose them,” she said. “If I need a ‘dog-fix,’ I can take care of a friend or family member’s dog for awhile. I won’t own another one. I’m done.”