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Spanish Springs Homeowner Says Pit Bulls Killed Her 3 Dogs

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Three dogs in Spanish Springs are dead, and two others have been taken to Washoe County Animal Services after an attack Friday afternoon in a Spanish Springs neighborhood.    

"Two pit bulls who I have never seen before were hovering over our dead family dog," said Jennifer, the owner who only wanted to be identified by her first name.

Jill, a black lab, Gucci, a shih tzu, and Buddy a Pekingese were left inside of their Spanish Springs home on Reiger Springs Drive. 

"As I proceeded further into the home, which was all covered in blood, I found our other two dogs, and all of them were dead," said Jennifer.  

According to Washoe County Animal Services, the two pit bulls broke through a fence of a nearby backyard, walked across the family's yard, and entered right into the home. 

"The dogs entered through a dog door, an unsecured dog door," said Barry Brode, Director of Washoe County Animal Services. 

He recommends to double check fencing and look for any space where a dog might be able to sneak through, even securing the dog door.

"That dog door," said Jennifer. "I mean I would worry about burglars, but not my dogs being eaten in their home." 

Neighbors  say the dogs have broken out before, with one homeowner even saying the dogs entered his home, but he was able to get them out without a problem.

Some encounters with the two dogs were positive. 

"The pit bulls last summer were breaking into our yard and they were very friendly, and came into my house, hangout with my dogs," said Rorie Monroe, a neighbor.  

The dog's owner of will be officially cited Saturday, and it isn't their first time. However, county officials will not go into specifics of the dog's past. Brode says what happened Friday did not have to happen at all, and it's a lose-lose situation for everybody involved. The owners will be fined, and if a judge orders it, the two pit bulls could be euthanized. 

"An accident that could have been prevented," said Brode. "By taking responsibility by making sure the animals were secured in the kennel, that the fence line was properly secured, and up to date."


Written By Landon Miller 

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