Posted: Sep 13, 2010 5:51 PM by Sarah Rosario, Heather Harel
Updated: Sep 13, 2010 6:55 PM
The owner of three pit bulls is facing criminal charges after her dogs attacked another dog on River Road in Baton Rouge early Monday morning. The attacked dog was mauled so badly, it had to be euthanized.
Diamond Ryan is the owner of the attacked dog, Zeus. Ryan said she was outside feeding her dogs around 6:30 a.m. when the three Boudreaux pit bulls went under the fence bordering her yard, attacked her dog and charged at her. Ryan said she immediately ran inside and called police, but it was too late.
"They broke my dog’s neck. They broke his legs. He's gone. It's like I lost somebody," said Ryan.
Zeus is a dog Ryan rescued two years ago, and she said he has nurtured her ever since.
Neighbor Cassia Jones, the owner of the pit bulls, said the incident is not her fault and said she believes her dogs’ behavior was provoked. Jones said Zeus was kept on a long chain and would regularly go to the fence and aggravate her dogs.
"My dogs are not vicious. They are very friendly. They play with kids, and they never have attacked anyone ever," said Jones.
Jones said she talked to Ryan about Zeus’ antagonizing behavior but said nothing changed.
A dog can roam free in a yard as long as it’s fenced in, according to Animal Control officials. If the dog is on a chain, the chain has to be a minimum of five times the length of the dog from the nose to the base of the tail.
Ryan said this is not the first time Animal Control has been called because of her neighbor’s pit bulls. Animal Control Director Hilton Cole said the amount of calls is something still under investigation.
"That's what we're researching. I think we have, it may have been awhile back, but at this point, we're still looking through it, going through our records, "said Cole.
Ryan said she signed papers with Animal Control to put Zeus to sleep so he wouldn’t suffer.
Jones is facing criminal charges for not registering, vaccinating or tagging her pit bulls. Still to be determined is whether the dogs are considered dangerous. If they are, they will also have to be euthanized.