GLOUCESTER (CBS) — An American Bulldog that was ordered euthanized after fatally attacking another dog, is now reported missing.
The dog was brought to Cape Ann Veterinary hospital in Gloucester after a five-year-old Chihuahua named Eddie was killed as the bulldog apparently bit his neck.
“He just dropped a stick and ran up to Eddie, they sniffed each other, he grabbed onto the neck and wouldn’t let go,” said 10-year-old Taya Barry, the dog’s owner who witnessed the attack. The family says the bulldog was playing fetch in a nearby field without a leash.
WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.
“A guy from the basketball court came over and put a stick in his mouth and opened the dog’s mouth. He finally let go,” said Barry. After the attack the girl said the dog’s handler ran away telling her not to tell anyone.
She called her father who quickly drove to the field, but Eddie didn’t survive.
“I got down on my knees. I just looked at the dog and he was just lifeless. It was awful,” said Michael Barry, who carried the dog to the car and took him home to be buried.
Gloucester police found the Bulldog and brought him to the veterinary hospital after he was ordered euthanized pending an appeal. Saturday morning he was reported missing as someone apparently broke into the facility.
“I think they realized the dog was going to be put down,” said Michael Barry, who also testified at a hearing for the dog.
The death of Eddie has left an emptiness at the Barry home, and now they worry no one will be held accountable. Michael Barry says a police detective, “doesn’t think we’ll every see the dog again.”