Waukesha neighbors on edge after dog attack

Keller Russell

Waukesha neighbors on edge after dog attack

CREATED Jul. 8, 2011

A Waukesha neighborhood is on edge following a pit bull attack.

That seven year old pit bull mix remains at the Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society Friday night. Her fate, is up in the air.

Neighbors of the dog's owner are doing all they can to make sure sugar doesn't come home.

Jen Schutta loves dogs. Her family has two.

 But as a mom, she says her neighbor's pit bull terrier has to go.

"My concerns are the safety of my children," Jen Scheat told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter, Keller Russell.

7 year old Sugar is quarantined at H.A.W.S.,  flagged as a danger.

Police say Sugar and another family dog mauled their owner and a neighbor who tried to save her.

Now neighbors are fighting to keep the dog from returning home.

"I think in their situation, they don't have a choice," said Schutta.

 She's not alone in her concerns. Numerous neighbors have called the police and city leaders, asking for their help.

Neighbors say the dog has been able to get over the fence of it's owners yard before and they fear it will happen again.

Police had a report of the dog chasing a kid earlier in June.

Neighbors say the risk, just isn't worth it.

"It was a couple weeks ago, he broke through the fence and attacked another golden retriever," said Brian Salava, a neighbor just a few houses away.

"Who knows what can happen and I don't want to find out," said Schutta.

Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings is checking into what the city's options are in controlling sugar's fate.

She too is confident, the dog shouldn't be in the neighborhood.

"We're not talking about just a nip or an accident or something that can be explained. This was an attack," said Cummings. "It's my hope the dog won't return to the neighborhood."

The quarantine time for Sugar is up but police have asked the humane society to hold the dog through the weekend while they review their investigation.

The dog's owner has expressed she wants her dog back.

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