A dog owner is demanding answers after her dog was euthanized without her knowing following its deadly attack on another dog.
Robin Pack says she’s heartbroken over the deaths of both dogs. Her dog was the one who carried out the deadly attack near her Washington Township apartment complex, but she says it never would have happened had the other dog been on a leash.
“I feel horrible,” Pack said. “And heartbroken that the other little dog died so does my daughter she had to watch it.”
Pack’s daugther Jenna Lawson was walking their pitbull Stormy in her neighborhood when the attack happened.
According to a report released by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, a Dachshund without a leash ran up to the pitbull. The pitbull then grabbed the Dachshund by the throat and attacked it.
“People started screaming,” Lawson said. “And crying and punching stormy to get her to let go. I was hitting her too. I didn’t know what else to do.”
The report also states Stormy bit the owner of the Dachshund and bit a neighbor during the attack. The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center responded and Stormy–who at the time was being fostered by Pack through the Cincinnati SPCA–was taken to their shelter. Both owners were charged.
In court Wednesday morning, the owner of the Dachshund was convicted of having a dog at large without a leash, but Pack learned her charges were dropped. She also learned in court that Stormy was euthanized last Tuesday. The news came one day after dozens showed up with signs at the ARC in support of Stormy, urging them not to put her down.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Pack said. “That the Animal Control gets to be judge, jury and executioner.”
The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center released a statement Wednesday following the incident.
“The dog was property of the Cincinnati SPCA,” a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center said in a statement Wednesday. “And it was signed over for euthanasia to the ARC. Stormy was euthanized on June 5. This is a public safety issue. One of our mandates is public safety. Montgomery County will not put the community at risk by releasing any animal that has shown aggressive behavior.”
The Cincinnati SPCA confirmed Wednesday it was their decision to have the dog euthanized, not the ARC’s decision.
“After Stormy attacked & killed another dog, in addition to biting a person,” a spokesperson for the Cincinnati SPCA said in a statement released Wednesday. “Stormy was deemed vicious and dangerous. SPCA signed an affidavit to release Stormy to Montgomery County where the incident took place, so that the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center could take necessary actions in the case.”
2 NEWS made attempts to get in contact with the owner of the dog killed in the attack, but have been unable to reach her.