Police are investigating the death of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in Upper Darby. Investigators say two blue pit bulls attacked and killed the dog in the backyard of a home in Highland Park on Monday, according to the Delaware County Times.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood tells the Delco Times that a police officer responded to an animal complaint from the home on the 100 block of Ardsley Road around 5:30 p.m. When he arrived, Chitwood says they found a woman crying with a small, white dog lying motionless in the driveway and covered with blood.
Chitwood then says two pit bulls charged toward the officer who drew his gun and fired a shot toward the animals, causing them to run away.
The Delco Times reports the Spaniel, named Zoey, was taken to the Hospital and died from bite wounds.
Chitwood tells the Delco Times the owners of the pit bulls were not home during the time of the attack. The pit bulls were later captured and taken to the Keystone Animal Hospital for a 10-day quarantine, according to a Health Department Officer.
Chitwood says the owners of the pit bulls will receive a citation for violating the state’s vicious animal ordinance. Police are also considering lodging additional reckless endangerment charges against them, according to the Delco Times.