ROSEBURG, Oregon — A 12-pound dachshund severely mauled by a pit bull in Roseburg has died.
Veterinarian Alan Ross said he initially thought the 4-year-old dog named Itty Bitty had a reasonable chance of surviving bite wounds to the chest and front right leg but died Wednesday night.
Brett Patton of Winston said he was playing on the 14th hole with a few of his friends, when a friend's doxie and a passing pitbull got into a fight.
Patton says the pitbull took the small dog in its mouth and wouldn't let go.
Patton says he was bit and scratched. He says when he and six others realized they couldn't get the dogs apart, he reached for his knife.
"I says, "Lady, can I kill your dog?" and she says, "Yes, kill my dog now," Patton said.
Patton says he stabbed the dog several times, killing it.
But the pitbull's owners said they never gave Patton permission to kill their dog.
Those owners said Patton didn't ask if he could kill the dog, but instead declared he was going to do it.
The owners said they would have never given anyone permission to kill their family dog and that Patton's accounts are incorrect.
The owners, who didn't want their names used, said they are exploring what legal action they can take for what they call a wrongful killing. A witness who wishes to remain unidentified said she wondered what the owners would have done if the little dog had been a little girl, if they still would not have wanted their dog to be killed to save a girl, and said, "Yeah, those types prefer their dog's life no matter what they do. That's their type, dangerous and just down right mean," he said."They are the ones at fault."
Itty was rushed to Companion Animal Clinic by Roseburg Police Officer Brent Harvey, where the little dog died from injuries.