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Pitbull to be euthanized after deadly attack

Pitbull to be euthanized after deadly attack

RATHDRUM, Idaho - A pitbull attack in Rathdrum has left a dog dead and the aggressor in quarantine at the Kootenai Humane Society.

The incident happened Saturday morning in the 15000 block of North Stevens. Tessied Edelblute took her dog Simon outside around 9 a.m. and won't forget what happened next.

"She was like wait, no it might not be a good idea to go up on the porch so she stayed down on the grass and she looked at my like you stay up there, you're safe. I'm going and I then just watched it happen. 12 seconds," Edelblute said.

Tessie watched as her toy poodle Simon was viciously attacked by their neighbor's pitbull after it escaped through the back door.

"It latched on to my dog and I'm like huh, what do I do now," she said.

Tessie yelled for her father and the two found Simon nearly ripped in half and after being drug to the neighbor's front porch. The one-year-old pitbull is being held at the Kootenai County Humane Society. This is the second incident in recent months where that pitbull has attacked another dog.

"The first time he just hurt the dog really bad and the second time he killed it," Debbie Jeffrey with the Kootenai Humane Society said.

Jeffrey added after the first incident, the pitbull was deemed aggressive, meaning the dog is supposed to be fenced in at all times and wear a muzzle in public. After Saturday's attack, the dog has been ruled vicious and the owner has agreed to have it euthanized.

"When you don't know that predictability and even if you have a kennel and they dig out, you're still putting these little dogs at risk," Jeffrey said.

The pitbull's owners received a citation for having an aggressive dog and Tessie says she glad the pitbull is being put down, but still misses two of her best friends.

"Now I don't have my grandpa or my dog, so it's just been rough the past few years," she said.

Tessie and her family say they're planning on getting another dog, but would like to make the neighbors responsible for Simon's death pay for it.