Dog mauled to death in attack at West Palm Beach park

Dog mauled to death in attack at West Palm Beach park

Viciously attacked in an instant.

A small dog did not survive after being mauled as its owners watched.

Now a search is underway for the attack dog and the dog owner who sped off from the carnage.

The attack happened at Dreher Park on Summit Blvd. near a walking path.

The attack lasted for maybe a minute, but for one couple the impact of losing their precious dog will last an eternity.

“I just couldn’t believe it. It was just awful!” said Jane Allen, owner of the dog that was attacked.

Jane Allen, a grandmother and winter visitor from Maine, says her heart is broken.

She showed us photos of her beloved dog Mia, a 7-year-old dachshund.

“This is her with her head on Kermit’s chest right before she died,” she said, fighting back tears as she looked at one of the photos of Mia.

Now all she and her husband Kermit have left of Mia are photos, her collar and leash and some fond memories.

Mia was attacked at about 10:30 in the morning February 19 while Kermit was walking her on a leash in Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. Jane was at their car, parked a few feet away.

“All of a sudden this big black dog jumped out of the truck that--and he was not leashed--and attacked her (Mia),” Jane said.

“He looked pretty vicious,” Kermit said.

Kermit says the dog that attacked Mia was black, stocky, about two or three times her size and weighed about 40 to 50 pounds.

“I wished I could do it over again ‘cause I would try to tackle him instead of reaching down and trying to grab my dog,” Kermit explained.

Kermit says the attack dog’s owner scooped him up, put him in his pickup truck and drove off.

Now Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control is investigating. They’re looking for the dog owner in the black pickup, hoping someone saw something. They want to find this dog before it happens again.

“Usually when a dog does this, normally it’s not the first time,” said Lt. Wesley White, Palm Beach County Animal Care, and Control.

The black pickup sped away so fast that day, February 19, they were not able to get the license plate number.

Kermit and Jane spent nearly $12,000 on vet care for Mia, but she did not recover and had to be put down.

Authorities say if they can find the dog that attacked Mia, the owner would be cited for violating the county leash law, and the dog could be seized if it has a history of prior attacks.

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