MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An East Tennessee neighborhood is breathing a sigh of relief, after animal control officers seized a couple of dogs that nearly killed a family pet.
Jenifer Turner was sitting out on her porch Thursday afternoon, when two pit bulls viciously attacked her dog, Snoopy. One of them latched on to Snoopy's neck and refused to let go, she says.
Snoopy returned home from the vet Friday evening after surgery, lucky to be alive.
"It was horrifying," she said. "I was beating on the head of this dog, and he wouldn't let go."
With the help of a stranger passing by she finally wrestled the dogs off Snoopy and scared them off. But Turner says she knows these two dogs well -- they belong to her neighbor.
Cody Scheible admits his dogs attacked Snoopy. But he argues they're not vicious dogs.
"All I have to say is I'm sorry. I was at work," he said. "I didn't know what happened. They busted up the pen in the back yard and got out. And was just roaming around."
He claims it's the first time his dogs have attacked another pet.
But animal control says that's not true -- they've done this before.
And that's why they took them away Friday night.
"I understand it's that, or they get put down. So I'd rather them get taken than put down," Scheible said.
Turner says the pit bulls tried to attack her other dog Simon. Now he's scared to leave the house. But it's not just the dogs who are afraid.
"Apparently the whole neighborhood was afraid to come help me, because they know these dogs have attacked before. If they're gonna attack a 70 pound dog, unprovoked, what's gonna stop them from attacking a kid next time," she said.
Animal Control says the pit bulls are now in the custody of the Hamblen County Animal Shelter. Scheible will not be allowed to visit them, and he won't be able to get them back.