Dangerous pit bull concerns DL neighbors
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Several brutal attacks are prompting a Detroit Lakes neighborhood to question why a dangerous dog still isn't contained.
Police say for the second time in just over a month, one neighbor's pit bull has attacked another dog without being provoked.
This close-knit neighborhood is on edge. And we saw first-hand how one neighbor and his dog are driving it to the boiling point.
Judy Dey/ Poodles Killed By Pit Bull: “I just feel very, very badly that another person had to go through this trauma. Fortunately her dog wasn't killed, but she had to take him to the vet.”
In June, a neighbor's pit bull attacked and killed Judy Dey's 2 poodles, and again last week, the same pit bull wounded another dog.
Now... Dey worries about her new dog... And other neighbors share similar concerns.
Frank Gillespie/ Neighbor: “If he's taking after dogs, who's to say... a little guy on his bicycle goes by and he'll take off after a little kid.”
But authorities say they're doing all they can.
Chief Tim Eggebraaten/ Detroit Lakes Police: “We can't circumvent the process and just go and take the dog at this time.”
The city ordinance requires pet owners to register dangerous animals within 14 days of a police notice.
Additionally, the owner must purchase liability insurance, post warning signs, and implant the animal with a microchip.
The pit bull owners have until Wednesday to register their animal as a dangerous dog. After that… they could face additional prosecution. But residents in this neighborhood are hoping for some harsh penalties.
Gillepsie: “I want him gone. The whole neighborhood wants him gone.”
We did approach the pit bull owner, but he refused to comment, and he even confronted our crew while we were talking to neighbors.
Emilio Gonzales San Ramon/ Dog Owner: “You're lucky I didn't come knock down your camera and break it on you...”
Meanwhile... Dey is hoping for a little piece of mind.
Dey: “I would like very much if those people did not live in our neighborhood anymore, because they are not responsible for their dog.”
Unless the owner fails to meet the Wednesday deadline and requirements or the pit bull attacks again, police can't impound the dog.
After the last attack, authorities say they didn't find the dog when they responded to the owner's home.