BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo Police are searching for the owner of two pitbulls responsible for a vicious attack on the city's west side.
Three-year-old husky Neve was reunited with her family Saturday morning. It was a welcome sight, since they weren't sure if they'd ever see her again.
On Friday afternoon Neve was being walked by a family friend on Connecticut Street in Buffalo when two pit bulls charged and started attacking Neve and the walker.
Neve escaped and ran home to Richmond Street, but the pitbulls went after her and cornered her against this fence. You can still see the blood from the attack.
Susan Albers lives upstairs and heard terrible noises. She tried scaring the pit bulls away, but they continued to bite down on Neve's back legs.
Witness, Susan Albers said, "He was just going crazy. He was ripping and shredding. I didn't know what to do so I kicked open the gate and my neighbor was pounding on his windows just screaming."
"I kicked the gate hard enough that it gave Neve time to get away and she bolted," added Albers.
Neve was able to get out of her harness and took off running. She was later found on Main Street near Utica almost two hours later and almost a mile and a half away. When she was found, she was completely covered in blood.
While her family was looking for Neve, Animal Control still had to deal with the pit bulls. One charged and was shot twice, it died over night. The other is being held at the Buffalo Animal Shelter.
Animal control officer, Chuck Loubert said, "You couldn't walk down the street unless they were on a chain. If they were loose, you would have to worry about it."
Luckily for Neve she was spotted and was picked up by the SPCA. She was treated for severely torn muscle. Nothing was broken, but you can see she has plenty of wounds to heal.
Neve's owner is convinced without her neighbor's help, Neve may not have survived.
Neve's owner, Randi Kiel said, "If they wouldn't have gotten out of their cars, came out of their houses and tried to intervene, Neve wouldn't have made it."
The second pit bull will be held for 72 hours and then assessed. But Animal Control says if they attack, they typically have to be euthanized.
Neve's owners say she'll be out of commission for a few weeks, but hope she'll be back to her playful self in a month or two.
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