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Letter: Pet's death was preventable to our family

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Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012 5:47 am

On Thursday night (June 7) about 8 or 8:30 p.m. on the walking path along the power lines between Mesquite and Elliott Roads, my precious little Chihuahua-mix, Sugar, was attacked and killed by two large, unattended dogs. They had collars and were clearly domesticated. Sugar was a sweet and lovable reddish-brown dog who loved kids.

It was our daily routine to walk the Paula Zanni Field and visit and share treats with several other dogs who lived along the yards backing up to the field. She also loved to visit with the children at Finley Farms Elementary school when the were outside playing. They would come to the fence and pet her, and she would lick their hands and dance around for them. Many, as soon as they saw her, would shout her name, so she would come over to see them.

Thursday night, walking Sugar on her leash, two large dogs — unleashed — suddenly came out of the stone area along the power lines and attacked her, biting and pouncing on her. I fended them off, kicking and punching them and putting myself over her tiny body, before I could get to my feet, running home to rush her to the Emergency Animal Clinic on Juniper Avenue. There, they told me she was gone, she had bite marks & broken ribs, and probably died immediately do to the loss of blood, that I first realized was all over me.

One dog I believe was white, with a brownish head, the other I believe was all brown, and both near 40 to 50 pounds or larger.

I don’t know if someone in some type of vehicle was calling to the unleashed dogs. Before the attack, I saw some type of light and heard calling from the horse path down near Elliott.

I have posted signs along both sides of this stretch of the pathway, with her picture and a warning so others won’t go through the same heartbreak. It also asks for dog owners to be responsible, keep their dogs on a leash, and make sure this doesn’t happen again.

I also want to thank the staff that night at the emergency hospital who comforted my wife and I at that terrible time.

Also “thanks” to Officer C. Potter of the Gilbert Police Department for his assistance both at the clinic and going to the area to see if he could find anything.

Pets become a part of your family, you love them and treat them good and they love you back.

We love and miss you Sugar, and know your bring happiness to others in “doggie heaven.”

Bob and Sharon Yormick

Gilbert

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