Authorities are looking for the owner of a pit bull that a Danville family says fatally attacked their small papillon as it was walked through their Blackhawk neighborhood, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Linda Zercoe told the Times the incident happened about 6 p.m. Thursday in the 2300 block of Holly Oak Drive in the Hidden Oaks neighborhood of Blackhawk as she walked her two papillons, Sienna and Indigo.
Zercoe said the white pit bull was on a chain when it charged at them, but the 70-pound dog was not tethered to anything. The pit bull grabbed 7-year-old Sienna in its mouth and shook its 7-pound body.
A man at the house came out and yanked the pit bull away. Zercoe rushed the gravely wounded dog to a veterinarian, but it had to be euthanized, according to the Times.
Zercoe called authorities, who went to the house and talked to the homeowner, but he was not the man who retrieved the pit bull.
Zercoe doesn't know the residents, but said neighbors told her the white pit bull, and a black one that has been seen there, may belong to a friend of the occupant, the Times reported.