LAKE WORTH, Fla. - WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
Neighbors helplessly watched three pit bulls attack a black poodle last Wednesday in a Lake Worth neighborhood. It happened in the 1700 block of 3rd Ave North, around 7:00 at night.
This week, the woman who owned the poodle could hardly bear to show us where it all happened. She says the pit bulls pulled her poodle and leash right out of her hands.
"I was right here and they came across and dragged her. They had her sideways, they were too big. Just watching her get torn like that, I couldn't deal with it," said Michelle Garcia-Soto.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers say the case is a high priority, but it can take weeks and lot of paperwork to deem a dog aggressive or dangerous.
Tuesday, officers went out to give citations to the owner or owners of the pit bulls for upwards of $300 in fines for allowing the dogs to "run at large."
According to the law, the dogs have to kill a second animal in order to be taken away. A fact that isn't sitting well with neighbors.
"I'm afraid to walk down the street at night, if that is what is happening in this neighborhood. It's terrifying," said Chelsea Bourgault, who lives nearby.
And it's traumatizing for the woman who lost her companion in a matter of moments.
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