'It was horrifying': California couple devastated after neighbor's massive dogs kill their two pet poodles
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA: A couple from Fontana is furious and heartbroken after their two pet toy poodles were brutally killed by their neighbor's two large dogs after midnight on October 12, 2022, in the 15300 block of Isabel Lane. The owner of the massive dogs told the police that his dogs pulled their leashes out of his hands as he was walking them, according to a report by Abc7.
Kerry Browne reportedly carried her two dogs into the front yard, just a few feet from her door, so that they could go to the bathroom. At that point, two enormous dogs, which she alleges were off their leash while being walked by her neighbor, charged toward her pets, she said.
"I was screaming, 'Your dog is killing my dog!'" recalled Browne. "He was just like, 'Ma'am, I'm sorry', but he wasn't getting his dog to stop," the grieving pet owner said. "They were super muscular, and just coming right at me, and I was screaming bloody murder. They were trying to get my oldest dog, and I just couldn't get all my dogs fast enough to save them," Browne added.
"It was just horrifying, and I'm seeing my life pass before my eyes along with my dog because I could tell he was killing [my dog] and I thought I better get up before I'm next," she recalled.
When Browne's husband arrived downstairs, he immediately began chasing after the dog, which was holding one of their poodles in its teeth. "He was chewing on my dog when I finally caught up to him," said Darrin Browne, who said he didn't catch up to it until the dog had gotten back to its owner's home two streets away. "That's like a wild animal," he said.
A police officer arrived at Browne's home immediately after she called the Fontana police to file the complaint. According to Fontana police, the officer initially spoke with the owner of the attacking dogs, who told them that while he was walking them, the dogs yanked their leashes out of his hands and freed themselves. He received two infractions for his dogs' lack of licensing and two misdemeanor leash code offenses.
The officer also informed the owner that his dogs have been flagged as possibly dangerous or vicious by law enforcement and gave him a breakdown of the regulations he must adhere to for the next 26 months as required by law.
Browne was informed that she was breaking the leash rule as well, but she only received a warning for failing to licence her dogs.
According to Browne, the owner of the dogs that were attacking her poodles did not have his pets on leashes and gave Eyewitness News security footage that allegedly showed him taking his dogs for walks without leashes both the night of the incident and on previous evenings.
When contacted by Eyewitness News, the owner of the enormous dogs indicated he wanted to consult with his lawyer before making any statements.