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Letter: An off-leash pit bull killed my dog

In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 photo, taken

In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 photo, taken in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., police officer Justin Bruzgul looks on as he works with Kiah at K9 school in Stone Ridge, N.Y. Kiah, a two-and-a-half year old pit bull, will soon join the Poughkeepsie Police Department as a crime-fighting, drug-sniffing police dog, a move that advocates of the breed say will counter the stereotypical image of the dog as a dangerous breed beloved by criminals. Photo Credit: AP / Mike Groll

I feel compelled to write about a recent incident that I experienced with a pit bull .

On Columbus Day weekend, two friends from out of town offered to walk my dog while I cooked dinner. They descended the nearly 100 steps to the secluded community beach with my dog, a terrier mix, on a leash. An unleashed pit bull bounded from one end of the beach to the bottom of the steps and fatally wounded my dog.

My friend put herself in danger while trying to save my dog. The owners fled, and the police said there was nothing that they could do because they were not there to see the pit bull off-leash. We called animal control, but without an address, there was no way to locate the vicious pit bull.

In efforts to find the owners of the dog, I have come to find that there are many pit bulls in need of adoption. Why is this? Can a pit bull ever be fully trusted to be safe?

I can only imagine how devastated the family of the mauled 9-year-old girl feels, and I offer my deep condolences.

Juana Laboy, Sound Beach

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