Loose pit bulls kill puppy in Carrick

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PITTSBURGH —

Police continue to investigate after a family’s terrier was mauled to death by two pit bulls in Carrick.

Police said no one has claimed responsibility after the attack happened along Brownsville Road two days ago.

“I am angry. Nothing I can do. My puppy is gone,” said the dog’s owner, who asked to only be identified as Joyce. “We always felt safe letting her out. Never thought this would happen." 

The puppy, Diamond, was in a yard behind Joyce’s apartment when her boyfriend heard barking and crying.

“He came out and seen two pit bulls on here,” said Joyce. “(He) ran out to get the pit bulls off her, but by that time, she was hurt. She stopped breathing, died right in his arms." 

Animal Control found the pit bulls a few blocks from Joyce's home. The owners have not claimed them, so they're being held at the Animal Rescue League.

Joyce's neighbors saw the dogs running loose for several days before they killed Diamond. Joyce said pet owners need to be more responsible.

Animal Control said the owner of the pit bulls could face numerous charges, including allowing dangerous dogs to run loose. If the pits are not claimed in 72 hours, they'll be put down.

Joyce said Diamond was like a part of her family, and she doesn't want anyone else to suffer the painful loss she now grieves.

“I'm just really mad. My puppy is gone,” she said.