Michelle Lundy was walking her nine-year-old Lhasa Apso Toby around a small lake in southwest Charlotte, NC, on November 11 when a loose pit bull appeared suddenly and attacked her dog.
"He was faster than I was," she said, "He was so powerful. He actually yanked Toby out of his leash and his harness and collar."
While Lundy and people nearby beat the dog off with sticks, Lundy was bitten herself in the hand. Her dog died of his injuries at a veterinarian's office two days later.
Although dogs involved in attacks on humans are to be quarantined by Animal Control officers for the safety of the public, local news reports showed that the pit bull in this case was released less than 24 hours after the attack. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Animal Care and Control office is now under investigation regarding the incident.
Apparently, the dog was given to the relatives of its owner located in Kershaw County, SC. Animal Control officers involved in the mistake claim to have been ignorant of the fact that the dog had bitten a woman, and thought it had only attacked another animal. They also added that the dog was allowed to go only under strict containment orders.
When they found out about the dog bite attack on Lundy, they immediately called South Carolina officials, who put the dog on the usual mandatory 10-day rabies quarantine.
Lundy, on the other hand, admitted that she had not reported her own dog bite injury because she was too upset and distracted by the serious injury and death of her dog. "The system failed, and that failure could very well cost the life of a human being," Lundy said.
The owner of the pit bull, meanwhile, may face charges for letting his dog run free without a leash.
Although none have passed into law as of this writing, some parts of North Carolina have considered breed specific legislation that bans pitbulls.