Police Search for Owner after Pit Bull-Boxer Kills Small Dog at Mpls. Park

Updated: 04/22/2014 7:52 AM
Created: 04/21/2014 8:26 PM
By: Stephen Tellier

Police are asking the public to help them identify the owner of a dog that killed another dog in a public park.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. Sunday at Martin Luther King Park near 40th Street and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. 

"She was really a sweet dog," Julene Lind said. "She was really innocent; she didn't deserve to go this way."

Lind bought her dog, Ziggy, right after she completed chemotherapy eight years ago. The petite Papillon had been by her side ever since.

"I loved our walks to the park," Lind said.

They took their last walk together on Sunday night, which is when Julene and her husband took their three dogs to the park.

"Just out of the corner of my eye, I caught a dog running, charging, at us, and I said, 'Oh my God, he's coming at us. Get these dogs,' and I didn't finish the words, and the dog was at us," Lind said.

Police said it was a pit bull-boxer mix -- about ten times Ziggy's size, according to Lind.

"My husband yanked our little dog up in the air. This dog shot up in the air and literally grabbed our little dog out of the air and took it down to the ground and wouldn't let go. We kicked it; I was on its back. I stomped on it -- there was just nothing we could do," Lind said. "Once my dog had no more fight, he just calmly released her and walked over to his family."

Lind said the owner had a baby and three other young children with her at the time, but they did nothing -- despite being a few feet away.

"They didn't yell the dog's name, they didn't yell for the dog to stop -- nothing," Lind said.

Ziggy died a few minutes later. The owner left before police arrived.

"Someone has to know this dog and we have to find out where it is," Lind said.

Police describe the owner of the attacking dog as an African-American female, between 5'1" and 5'4". She was last seen walking east on the footbridge over Interstate 35W with a baby and three young children. Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Control at 612-370-1434.

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