A 15-month-old pit bull named Mila, who was rescued from a dilapidated home in Jamaica, Queens, last September before making headlines, is responsible for the death of a beloved pet, according to New York Daily News.
The Emergency Services Unit rescued Mila after she’d been chained to a door frame of the home with no food or water. NYPD officer Joshua Sailor adopted Mila. At the time, he reported, “She ran right up to me. I realized that this dog needed a lot of love and I have a lot of love to give.”
On April 21, tragedy struck when Mila attacked a neighbor’s small 7-year-old Peagle, Biscotti. According to Biscotti’s owner, Louise, Biscotti and Louis’s two other dogs were leashed when Mila launched the unprovoked attack.
Mila allegedly held Biscotti down and began tearing at the smaller dog’s ear, causing the 38-pound Biscotti to “scream.” Louise says Mila shook Biscotti violently. Mila tried to drag Biscotti away, but Louis’s husband used a pole to force Mila to drop him, then used it to hold the dog until until Suffolk County police arrived to take over.
Louise, her husband and their dog Nala, a 4-year-old boxer, all sustained minor injuries, although they suffered worse emotional trauma. Biscotti suffered massive bite wounds and a spinal injury. He died on May 2.
Officer Sailor apologized, but Louise said she plans to sue him after her dog’s death and the injuries she and her husband sustained. According to Louise, the attack indicates a need for breed specific local and state laws that would require special restraints and insurance to be carried for owners of dangerous breeds. She’s pushing her local legislators to draft new laws.
The ASPCA, which cared for Mila prior to her adoption, says breed-specific laws would create “the unfair and inhumane targeting of responsible pet guardians and their dogs.” They say breed-neutral laws that hold the owners accountable for an aggressive dog’s behavior would be better.
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