JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- "They killed my baby," said Mary Dunavan.
Mary Dunavan cradles the lifeless body of her dog, a Chihuahua, killed in an attack Tuesday afternoon. Animal Control Officer Kevin Cooper says a pit bull is responsible.
"A preliminary exam, he does have some blood evidence on him, and was also told he carried the carcass off to his own property," said officer Cooper.
The attack happened at 916 Warner in Jonesboro.
Jaime Jones says she was opening the door to go inside, and the pit bull, a dog she has seen loose in the neighborhood before, was right behind her on the front porch.
"If I knew he was going to do that I would have never opened the door," said Jones.
When she did open the door, she says the unthinkable happened.
"You know, just grabbed him and just locked on to him you know and Tito and just flopped and flopped all over the porch," said Jones.
Jones says the Chihuahua was at the door when she opened it, and that's when the pit bull grabbed it with his jaws and shook relentlessly.
"To me it happened so--like in the blink of an eye," said Jones.
Darrell Bakker says the pit bull is his.
"I saw where he had bent that steel that he had on his collar, and got loose and they informed me that's what happened. That's when I realized he got very vicious and killed that dog across the street," said Bakker.
Bakker says his dog has gotten loose before, adding he installed a trolley system in hopes of keeping it from happening again.
"He's a very mild, calm pit bull, but he has his boundaries," said Bakker.
Officer Cooper says the pit bull owner now has a decision to make, either keep the dog under very strict conditions, or put the dog down.
"Like I say, he's like one of the kids and that's like somebody asking me to pull the switch on one of my kids in the electric chair," said Bakker.
In the meantime, Officer Cooper says the pit bull has to be quarantined for ten days.
Darrell Bakker is due in court on Wednesday afternoon.