Residents on Putnam Street in Weirton say the neighborhood is being terrorized by two pit bulls that have gotten off their chains at least twelve times.
7news poke with one woman who says her 18 lb. Yorkie Chihuahua has been attacked not once but twice.
The first incident happened while Johnna Caruso was walking her dog Daisy past the house where the pit bulls live. She says one of the dogs escaped its leash to run onto the road and attack Daisy.
"the second time, my dog was out here leashed up on the property," she says. "I heard a noise, and luckily I was by the front door. I came out and it was here, it had her by the neck was pouncing on her. I screamed multiple times; the dog just acted like I wasn't even there and kept attacking her."
The dogs weren't out and the owners weren't home when we were there.
Johnna says the owners are cooperative and even footed the vet bill when Daisy had to be treated for injuries to her mouth, stomach, and leg. But she says animal control isn't doing enough to keep the dogs safely contained.
"I felt that this is something again that the dog warden should take care of because of the awkwardness. I didn't want that between my neighbor and I. She did say that I could call her, but I'm not going to constantly say, 'could you tie up your dogs differently, can you make sure this, can you make sure you're outside with them?' That's not really my job."
Johnna says the owners were on vacation when Animal Control tried to contact them. She's also contacted Weirton police who filed a report on her second complaint, but told her to deal with the Dog Warden.
"You just never know, next time it could be a child and that's what I want to prevent," Johnna says.
7news has placed calls to Weirton Animal Control; we are still waiting to hear from them.