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2 dogs euthanized at owner's request after fatal mauling in Cutler Bay

Dogs accused of attacking neighbor's pet in backyard of home

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CUTLER BAY, Fla. – Two dogs accused of fatally attacking another dog inside a Cutler Bay backyard were euthanized at the owner's request, Kathleen Labrada, of Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department, said in an email to the owner of the dog that was killed.

Ronald Walker told Local 10 News that a neighbor's surveillance camera caught a pack of dogs trying to jump the fence of the home on Jamaica Drive Tuesday morning. The biggest one was the first to make it over the fence. 

Walker said the dogs immediately latched onto his dog, Rusty, and wouldn't let go. 

"Blood was coming out of his ears, his nose," Walker said. "He lost both of his canine teeth, the big ones in the front. He was skinned all over and had lacerations on both sides and a deep hole. I suspect it was an artery."

Local 10 News reporter Sanela Sabovic spoke to the owner of the other dogs, David Harris, on Thursday, and he said he is remorseful about the attack.

"I'm sorry for what happened," Harris said. "The lightning came, ma'am, and the dogs ran out with the thunder and lightning."

Animal control officers said Harris owns terrier-mixed breed dogs, and said the largest one appeared to be an American bulldog-terrier mix.

The Walker family said Harris' dogs have attacked multiple pets in the neighborhood and they were worried that the dogs might attack a child one day.

Harris told Local 10 News that he was cited for the attack, but that his dogs were not taken away.

Animal control said Harris was issued eight civil violations totaling $1,970.


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