Family Looking For Owner Of Pit Bull That Killed Their Pet

CHICAGO (CBS) — It took just seconds; a dog that was supposed to be playing on the beach ended up dangling from the jaws of another dog, dying and unable to fight back.

Now, there’s a huge push to find the owner of the animal that reportedly attacked.

As CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports, it’s a case that has devastated a suburban family.

Willy was a healthy Pomeranian; just two years old when his owners say another dog attacked him at a Lakefront dog park, leaving willy with injuries so massive he had to be put down.

“I was horrified. I was helpless,” owner Audrey Fisher said. “And there was nothing I could do, but hold my daughter and shield her from this.”

Fisher and her 12-year old daughter watched the whole thing. They said they’d brought Willy to the Montrose Dog Beach on St. Patrick’s Day.

They were on the sand and Willy was playing with his favorite pink ball. In a flash, it all turned tragic.

“A pit bull came out of nowhere and just attacked him, grabbed him by his belly and shook him violently,” Fisher said.

Dog walker Larry Rose was one of several others who saw it too.

“It was very traumatic,” he said.

But even more traumatic, according to Willy’s family, was the way they say they were treated by the man who owns the dog.

They’ve posted his photo on flyers and the Internet in an effort to find him, because they said he simply left the scene.

“He wasn’t giving up his name. He wasn’t giving up his phone number, nothing,” Fisher said.

Linda Bober rescues and trains pit bulls and other breeds and said, to a pit bull, the smaller dog might have seemed like a toy; but that doesn’t excuse its owner.

“I think it’s appalling. No matter how you look at the situation, it’s tragic on both sides,” Bober said.

Dr. Annette Litster, a veterinarian with PAWS Chicago said, “Little dogs should stay with little dogs, rather than big dogs.”

Litster said there should be sections in dog parks according to dog size.

Willy’s family doesn’t disagree, but they said their focus is finding the owner and animal responsible for their loss.

The ordeal has been posted on, a community website for people who use the Montrose Dog Park. That story has been read more than 3,400 times.

“I think he knows I’m looking for him, if he’s on the Internet at all,” Fisher said.

Some people on said they believed the Pomeranian started the incident with the pit bull, and that the pit bull’s owner was stunned when he left.

But a police report has been filed and police said they want to talk to the man in the photo.

Fisher has been left with more than $5,000 in vet bills.

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  • Thinking Broad

    The pit bull did exactly what humans created pit bulls to do: while not defending it’s territory, without warning and without trying to avoid a fight, quickly injure or kill another dog. These traits make pit bulls the choice of dog fighters, but make them horrible neighbor dogs.

    Pit breeders and pit bull promoters do everyone (including these handicapped pit bulls) a disservice when they mislead the public, saying that pits are just like every other type of dogs. Pits are not normal dogs.

    The educational pit websites say that pits should never be left unattended with even BFF housemate dogs, as there is no way to anticipate when a simple squabble will become a pit bull fight to the death. If pits have been recorded killing their BFF dogs, we should not be surprised, and we should take steps to prevent, their killing of passerby dogs.

    Even if a small dog was annoying, that is not justification for a fatal attack. My neighbor dog’s barking may annoy me, that is not justification for me causing fatal injuries to that dog

    Every pit website states that pits were never bred to be human aggressive, only dog aggressive. Why on Earth is that acceptable? No one who truly cares about dog welfare would want that breed trait to be continued. Pit breeders and pit promoters prove every day that they do NOT care about dog welfare

  • Roberta Waker

    How tragic for this family to watch their little Willy get killed by this pit bull. I hope they find the owner and he is fined and ordered to pay Willy’s medical bills. He should also prove the attack dog has his rabies and other shots. What if it had been a child instead of a small dog? I can’t imagine the horror Willy’s owners felt at being so helpless. Our sympathy goes out to the Fishers on the loss of their beloved pet. Things like this are yet more reasons for conceal carry in Illinois. I don’t have a problem with pit bulls, but this pit bull needs to be put down BEFORE he kills again.

  • Travelmate

    Excellent comment, Thinking.

    All pit bull owners want us to believe that if and only if a pit bull is raised correctly by a responsible owner, the pit bull could possibly be made into a pet.

    Look at the photo of that pit bull owner and the pit, can you tell just by looking at him from a distance that he is an incredibly irresponsible owner or that that pit just mauled a dog to death?

    Why do I have to risk my life and my dog’s life every day with guys and dogs like this? Pit bulls need to be regulated.

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