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Springfield woman says pit bull mauled dog, owner took off

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It was the perfect day to head outside and take a dog for a walk around the neighborhood and that's exactly what one woman in East Forest Park did on Monday afternoon. 

However, that stroll quickly took a turn when a pit bull ran across the street and attacked the woman's dog, leaving her pup with puncture wounds and lacerations.

Barbara Chonmany said that she noticed the pit bull staring at her dog and had a bad feeling something was going to happen.  She's now hoping police will find this other dog's owner, who walked away after the attack. 

"I would hate to see this happen to somebody else's dog, or child or person," Chonmany said.

Chonmany went for a stroll around the neighborhood with her 11-year-old granddaughter and her two dogs. 

"We were coming back from our walk and I saw this gentleman walking with a large pit bull," Chonmany added.

Chonmany said that while they were heading back on Paridon Street, she noticed the pit bull lock eyes with her 18-month-old husky, Luna. 

"As he was crossing, I saw his dog staring at my dog," Chonmany explained.

Shortly after, the pit bull took off and charged in their direction. 

"His dog broke the collar, ran across the street, and just jumped on top of my dog.  He was just mauling her," Chonmany said.

Chonmany added that the owner of the pit bull also ran over and tried to intervene, but was knocked down and hit his forehead.

Chonmany's dog now has a puncture wound in her neck, as well as cuts to her hind legs.

"I was afraid when it was done with my dog, it was going to go after the littler dog and her," Chonmany noted.

A man drove by and saw what was happening.  Chonmany said that man was able to distract the dogs, which gave her enough time to bring her dogs to safety.

A woman who lives across the street opened up her fence and Chonmany shuffled her pups inside.

"He disappeared down Garland and we haven't see him since," Chonmany said.

The man - who was merely passing through the area - tried to stop the owner of the pitbull and get his information.

"He said nope and kept walking," Chonmany explained.

Springfield police are investigating and are working to track down the owner.  Police added that when found, the owner could be fined up to $500 and his dog could be labeled as vicious.

If needed, animal control could come in and take this dog away if it poses a threat.

"All of us walk our dogs around the neighborhood often, and they won't come out now, so now, nobody will walk their dogs until he's found," Chonmany said.

Police are following up on leads and circling the neighborhood in hopes of finding this dog and its owner.  However, so far, they haven't been found.

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