These dog owners always say the same thing, "his pet had never escaped the fence."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A recent encounter with two pit bulls left a Tallyrand woman with several cuts and bruises and left her pet Chihuahua dead.
Ana Morales-Wagner said she and her Chihuahua named Rusty were walking at the intersection of East 11th and Danese streets on Tuesday morning when her neighbor's two pit bulls slipped under a fence and attacked."
It came over and bit my hand -- got my neck, bit my finger and I was dragging," Morales-Wagner said. "One of them came charging and attacked my dog. I tried getting him off, hitting him with a stick."
She said from that point on, it was a struggle."I tried to get him off -- screaming, 'Get your dog. Get your dog.' I tried to hit him with a stick, but that didn't do nothing," said Morales-Wagner.
She told Channel 4 that as she was trying to fight off the dog, a good Samaritan drove up, got out of his car and began to help her. However, as the good Samaritan was calling 911, the second pit bull approached."
The black-and-white dog came out and started to chew my dog where the other one was," Morales-Wagner said.
Rusty did not survive the attack.
Larry Platts owns the dogs police said came after Morales-Wagner and Rusty.
Platts said before Tuesday his pet had never escaped the fence.
"I do send my deepest regrets. I've been around to see the victim. I hope she does better, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help the situation out," Platts said.