Monahans Family Terrorized By Loose Dogs 1/5/14
CBS 7 News
January 5, 2013
MONAHANS-A family in Monahans is concerned not only for their family's safety, but also for the safety of the community after dogs continue to get loose and attack.
Within a year long period, there have been four different dog attacks on 86-year-old Emma Watkins's front yard, one of which involved her 6-year-old great grandson. She and her family are asking that something be done before she's the one who gets attacked next.
About a year ago, Watkins's great-grandson, Skylar, was sent to the emergency room after being attacked
by a dog that got loose from its owner.
Skylar's father, Scott Ferguson, was shocked in how Animal Control dealt with the attack.
"They did quarantine that dog, but a few days later, that dog was given back to the owners, and we're still paying the medical bills," said Ferguson.
Then about 4-months ago, Watkins's Dachshund was attacked by their neighbor’s Pit Bull for a second time, and had a chunk of his back skin bitten off, nearly killing him.
The attacks don't stop there; yesterday the same Pit Bull attacked one of her other grandson's dog, leaving her with severe bite marks and a limping leg.
The family says enough is enough.
"I looked at her to see if she's alright, and then I went straight over there (to the neighbors house) beating on their door. I said if you don't do something about it I will, and all she kept saying is, get your finger out of my face," said Tommy Watkins.
We tried to get a comment from the owner of the Pit Bull, but no one answered the door.
Emma Watkins and her grandsons just want to feel protected on their own properties and want justice to be served.
"Does somebody have to get killed or slaughtered in this town for us to have protection against stray dogs," said Ferguson.
Ferguson says he wishes their local police officers would do more, than just hand out tickets to owners of vicious dogs.
"I don't want to see anything bad happen to a dog, but if owners can’t control their dogs, the dogs need to be taken care of one way or another," said Ferguson.
The family doesn't have money to take their American bulldog to the vet for her injuries and can only hope she heals properly on her own.
Lieutenant Spruill with the Monahans Police Department, says they aren't familiar with these cases, and plan on looking into them first thing tomorrow morning.
Spruill says their normal protocol is to keep vicious dogs quarantined until their case goes before a judge, who will then decide whether or not to have them put down.