On Tuesday afternoon, at the Pine Nursery Off-Leash Dog Park, a Papillon died after being attacked by a large breed dog, described as a bull dog.
According to witnesses, the owner of the larger dog was not present when the smaller dog was attacked. One woman stated:
"I'm appalled -- I can't believe it. I've never even seen dogs fighting here."
Sgt. Vance Lawrence told KTVZ:
"Even though it's an off-leash park, you still have to maintain control of your dog," he said. "It's inappropriate to turn it lose and let it run willy-nilly."
Both dog owners were "extremely distraught" over what took place at the park.
The owner of the large-breed dog is not going to face criminal charges, but there will be citations and fines. There are no plans for the large breed dog to be confiscated from the owner.
Last weekend, a puppy was killed by a large breed "husky-type" dog at an off-leash dog park in Vancouver, Wash., and in late March, a senior golden retriever died after an altercation with a Great Dane at an off-leash dog park in Missouri.
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