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Philadelphia police investigate after woman says pit bull killed her small dog in Mt. Airy

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – A Mount Airy woman is searching for answers after she said an electric pit bull lunged at her and killed her small dog.

Philadelphia police say the dog attack happened on June 28 just before 4 p.m. on Gorgas Street near Stenton Avenue.

Charlene Oliver said she was driving her 4-pound Yorkie called Champagne when the larger dog attacked them.

“The chain burned. I was trying to pull her on fire,” Oliver recalled of the attack.

Oliver said the pain from the scars and bruises on her hands and arms compared to the feeling of knowing her best friend was gone.

“I’m just trying to get it together because it’s my baby. It’s part of the family,” she said of Champagne.

Oliver said that the tanned, launched bull attacked from behind.

Oliver said: ‘I didn’t even see it coming, and it went straight to her neck.

After the dog killed Champagne, Oliver said it left with the body.

“The dog literally jumped up and grabbed her in the air and kept biting,” she said.

Sarah Barnett, acting chief executive officer of ACCT Philly, says, “The way to avoid this is to leash your dog.”

Barnett said a Philadelphia ordinance requires pet owners to leash their dogs. Therefore, this owner broke the law by allowing their dog to roam the streets freely.

“At a minimum, you are creating problems with your neighbors because I guarantee they will call us. They will complain that the dog is pooping on their lawn and not being picked up.” Barnett said.

It can also lead to tragedies like these.

Oliver hopes the dog’s owner comes and returns her puppy’s body.

“There are dog owners who don’t really care about their dog, so you have to be careful with your dog,” she says.

Police are involved in the investigation.

ACCT Philly said they need to know the dog’s identity before the city can label it dangerous.

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