MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBS 2) — One minute, a Westchester County couple is walking their pet Yorkie, the next minute they’re attacked by a pack of wild dogs. Now the Yorkie is dead and the couple is crestfallen, demanding answers.

Deanna Young and her fiancée Eric Coleman watched in horror Sunday as their beloved dog, Biggie, a three-year-old Yorkie, was brutally killed right before their eyes.

“Just devastated,” said Young. “He was like my child.”

Young was walking Biggie on South 4th Ave in Mount Vernon across from an auto shop when the Yorkie was attacked by a pack of wild dogs, including a rottweiler and a pitbull.

Young said six large mixed breed dogs came bursting through a gate, which she thought was closed. According to her, the dogs just pushed it open, ran across the street and attacked – as she held Biggie in her arms.

“They were just totally going after the dogs,” she said. “Trying to get at the dog. And then I finally had to let him go and move out of the way. I was terrified.”

Minutes later, Biggie’s neck was broken, and he lay dead.

CBS 2 tried to find the owner of the auto shop, but employees told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport that he wasn’t in on Monday.

Police say, however, that he has been issued 18 citations for failing to have licenses for the dogs, failing to leash them and failing to provide sustenance – specifically clean, available water.

“They had water at the location, but it was dirty,” said Sgt. Gregory Addison of the Mount Vernon Police Department. “It didn’t seem like something they could drink.”

Shop employees say they are very sorry for the tragedy, and that what happened was a mistake.

“Somebody came inside and left the gate open,” said employee Ceford Grant. “Somebody who wasn’t supposed to come in left the gate open and the dogs ran out.”

A mistake? Perhaps. But it doesn’t matter to Young.

“Somebody should be responsible,” she said. “This should not be allowed to happen again.”

The dogs from the auto shop are currently being kept at the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter.

Comments (8)
  1. Jane says:

    I would be too ashamed to say I gave my dog to the pack….If it were truly like her child, she would not have…

  2. chobers says:

    These dogs need some vitamin Pb shots.

  3. Maria says:

    omg, I have the same dog…mine is a toy yorkie and I live down the block from where this happened. I usually walk him without a leash but starting today I will not be walking him without a leash anymore. It’s just so heartbreaking!!!
    That poor woman having to surrender her dog to his demise is just unimaginable. So sorry!!!

  4. John Galt says:

    Thankfully I live in Texas where I can carry my concealed handgun. The attacking dogs would be dead & if it were my Yorkie the dog would still be alive. Do you all really like being helpless in the face of attackers New Yorkers, be they animal or man?

    1. gunowner says:

      Lightning does strike twice. “Police told Young the dogs escaped from an auto body shop. Two of the same animals were involved in the August dog pack killing of neighbors’ pet Yorkie.”

      Same dogs, same auto shop, this time seriously injuring a human. But I don’t live in the northeast so I have the right to arm and defend myself against feral dogs. Maybe when someone’s infant is slain they will do something.

  5. Angela says:

    People who don’t provide water for their animals should not have them. The only one at fault is the owner and the people that knew he did not provide for his dogs.

  6. Sal Z says:

    If this irresponsible owner knew there would be hefty penalties for something like this, he would have made sure that gate was closed.
    Instead, he’ll get a laughable fine and the yorkie’s owner will carry the heartbreak forever.
    We need to bar people like this from owning pets.

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