HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Animal control officers took three dogs into custody after they attacked and killed a smaller dog Sunday morning.
The attack happened around 9:15 a.m. on Chesapeake Avenue, near Locust Avenue, according to a spokesperson for the Hampton Police Department.
Police identified the three attacking dogs as pit bulls, and say they were running loose.
People who live in the area tell 10 On Your Side that’s an ongoing problem.
Three years ago, Encie Teets says a dog ran out of its yard and killed her small dog. She has since adopted another, but is too afraid to even take it for walks.
“I wouldn’t let anybody or anything touch this one,” Teets said. “We go for car rides.”
Hampton city code already prohibits owners from allowing their dogs off-leash or out of their control.
Teets would like to see stricter rules for pit bulls and other breeds she considers dangerous, but a dog obedience expert says this incident is likely less about breed and more about responsible dog ownership.
“It could be any three dogs that could have done this. It could have been three labs thinking it’s a bunny rabbit or a goose or something, are you going to judge those labs?” said Dory Hofmann of Canine Obedience Training at Hunt Club. “It’s not right that these dogs came into the yard. […] The owner, whoever it is, should take responsibility.”
Police say the owner of the dogs has not come forward.
They will be held at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter until a court hearing, where a judge will decide their fate. The court date has not been set.