JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson family is now without their beloved pet pug, who they say died last month after being attacked by a pack of neighborhood dogs.
The family say the dogs that attacked were given back to their owner, even though they proved to be dangerous. At least one of the attack dogs was a pitbull.
The suspected pitbull involved in the attack was turned over to animal control officers Friday morning in north Jackson.
The victim of the dog attacked says it happened about a month too late.
Jeremy Litton says the same dog and two others came into his fenced yard and viciously attacked his pug, Puglsy, on January 4th.
Litton says Pugsly was trapped before being attacked, and he himself was then targeted when he tried to save his dog.
“I put him in the front passenger seat of my car and these dogs came back and charged at me,” said Litton.
What happened next is hard for Litton and his family to comprehend.
“They just took them right back to their house and let them go, we didn’t know that until later in the day," he said. "My wife called animal control and spoke to Paul Perry, who is the supervisor, and he told her that it was just ‘dogs being dogs.’”
Pugsly died one day after being at the vet.
“The lab at Mississippi State got the report, and the report is he died from the bites,” said Litton.
Litton, an attorney, says city ordinances state the dogs should have been collected immediately after the attack.
“The city ordinance says injury to a person or domestic animal automatically, by operation of law, makes the dog a dangerous dog, so these dogs were clearly dangerous," he said.
One month after the attack--an hour after we began calling the city, asking why the pitbull and other dogs were given back to their owner--we saw the dogs being taken by animal control officers.
According to city officials, results from an investigation into the incident have been sent to Internal Affairs for further review.
They were unable to tell us what happens to the dogs that were picked up Friday.
Litton says his family is traumatized, still mourning their four-legged friend of 10 years.
“I want the city to know that Paul Perry is running animal control in a way that is letting dogs that are dangerous back on the street,” said Litton.