Two Cats Dead After Dog Attack in Bay Hills
The dogs were determined to be a danger to the public by animal control.
A pregnant mother told Patch she walked out on her patio to witness one of her beloved pets being "pulled apart" by two dogs from a neighboring community.
Anne Arundel County's Animal Control director Robin Small told Patch that the two dogs—both labrador retriever mixes—are in custody. They were determined to be a danger to the public, and certain restrictions must be placed on them before they can be released to their owners.
"If the owner complies with the stipulations, then they will be released," Small said.
Small said the owner will be required to confine the animals away from the public, and if ever brought out into the public, they must wear muzzles and be leashed. They must also be neutered and are encouraged to attend behavioral modification training, she said.
The dogs reportedly ravaged two cats belonging to a family in the Bay Hills area. The cats' owner contacted Patch regarding the attack, but wished to remain anonymous.
"I never thought I would ever have to witness something so violent," she said. "There's no words to describe what I went through. It's sad and upsetting, but right now I'm just trying to trust that the process will work itself out."
The woman, who is seven months pregnant, said she heard growling from her patio and walked in on her cat being attacked by two dogs. She screamed and the dogs ran away, but when she tried to secure her cat, the frightened animal bit her. Covered in animal saliva, blood and fur, she had to be hospitalized. After taking the cat to the vet, the injuries were determined to be too severe, and the animal was put to sleep.
Another family cat, believed to be missing after the attack, was found dead a few days later, similarly ravaged by the animals.
The woman is now facing hospital and vet bills of more than $1,000. She said she is frustrated that the owner of the dogs has not contacted her. But most of all, she said she's frightened for what could have happened, or what could happen if dogs like these are not restrained.
"My child just as easily could have been on that patio," she said.