Steamboat Springs One pit bull has been destroyed and another has been quarantined after they are thought to have killed a 13-pound poodle-schnauzer mix named Tiny on Wednesday morning in Milner.
Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said the attack occurred shorty before 9 a.m. at 21365 W. U.S. Highway 40 in an alley.
Milner Mobile Home Park resident Vickie Szumski reported the attack. She said Thursday that she was in her kitchen Wednesday morning and looked out a window and saw the two pit bulls standing over the body of something. Szumski said she went outside to investigate.
“As soon as I closed the door and started coming, they charged me,” Szumski said. “I took off my raincoat and started whipping it in the air to keep them away from me.”
She got to Tiny’s body and went and told the owner, who Szumski said lives next door.
“I said, ‘Tell me Tiny is inside,’” Szumski said.
The owner of the pit bulls then drove by looking for the dogs, Szumski said.
Szumski said Tiny’s owner, Lina Grant, took her to the vet but the dog died on the way.
“It’s ridiculous,” Szumski said. “It could have been a child.”
Birch said he did not want to release the name of the person who owned the pit bulls. He said that by the time the owner of the pit bulls had been contacted, the owner had chosen to destroy one of them and was hoping to keep the other. Birch said the pit bull has been put into quarantine at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter.
Animal Control officer Cindy DelValle is investigating the attack, Birch said.
“The investigation is ongoing, and we do expect to issue a complaint to the owner,” he said.
Grant said seeing Tiny badly injured was tramatizing.
“My little dog couldn’t defend herself against these two powerhouses,” Grant said. “It’s devastating to see my dog the way she was.”
Grant said there should be a discussion in the community about aggressive dogs.
“Pit bulls have a bad reputation in many areas,” Grant said. “Partly it’s the dog, and partly it’s the owner.”
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