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Violent dog attack on woman's 'hearing" dog ends in dog's death

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In Multnomah County, in the northeast area of Portland, Anne Ziegler mourns the death of her five-year-old Shetland sheepdog after the dog was attacked by an unleashed pit bull breed reports the Tuesday's edition of Washington State News.

Ziegler, 68, who is hearing impaired, relied upon her dog to bark whenever the phone would ring and signal for a text message. She referred to her beloved pooch as her "hearing ear dog."

Last Friday, as the two were walking along Mason Street, a pit bull weighing approximately 90 pounds viciously attacked the smaller dog ripping into the sheepdog's belly.

A friend was able to get the dog off of Simon, but it was too late. The fatally injured dog was taken to the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital where Ziegler made the heartbreaking decision to humanely euthanize her best friend.

"I made the really difficult decision that I'd rather have him die in my arms than to lose him in surgery or have him die in a cage,” said Ziegler."

No one claimed ownership of the dog that attacked Simon. The Multnomah County Animal Control is investigating.

The dog was also popular with school children as Ziegler and Simon would walk by the playground. Simon loved to carry Ziegler's red glove in his mouth.

Rest in peace Simon.

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