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Police Search for Pit Bull That Mauled Miniature Pinscher



    A Montgomery County woman is asking for help finding a killer dog. She says a pit bull mix killed her miniature pinscher in an attack two weeks ago. (Published Wednesday, March 2, 2011)

    Just after 7 p.m. Feb. 19, Gwendolyn Hargraves left her home on Split Rock Lane in Germantown, Md., to walk Rocky, a 3-year-old, 8-pound miniature pinscher.

    Without warning, a pit bull approached from behind and attacked Rocky.
    "We didn't even hear him," Hargraves said. "The dog just swooped on top of Rocky, and then I had the leash and I was banging on the dog. I kept banging and banging, and he wouldn’t let Rocky go, and the next thing I know, me and Rocky was being pulled across the street, and then Rocky’s head slid out of the leash, and he took my dog all the way across the street, and I’m running like a crazy woman all the way down."

    A woman driving by called police for help.

    "And then I ran down here and poor Rocky was sliding, sliding on his little butt, and a police car came and said, 'Ma'am get in the car,' and then the dog just disappeared,” Hargraves said.

    Rocky had been mauled and had to be euthanized.

    For two weeks, police have searched the neighborhood for the pit bull. They are asking the public to look out for the dog.

    "A brown and white pit bull with a pink collar came along, it was unleashed, grabbed the dog, which was being walked on a leash, took it off and mauled it," Montgomery County police Officer Howard Hersh said.

    "I’m not trying to get the dog killed, but just let them know, if he did it once, he might do it again," Hargraves said.

    Dogs declared potentially dangerous are only allowed off the owner's property muzzled, on a leash and walked by someone over 18 years of age. The second offense can lead to a dangerous dog being euthanized.

    Hargraves's daughter, Sherry, bought Rocky as a puppy just before she shipped out with to serve in the U.S. Army in Kuwait. When she returned to the U.S., she realized how much her mother had fallen in love with Rocky and gave him to her and got herself a pug.