Christmas Day dog attack turns neighbors against each other

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HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) -- The final straw.

On Christmas Day, a 10 pound Yorkie named Mickey was attacked on the front yard of her owner's home in the Hazelwood Subdivision in Madison County.

The vicious attack left Mickey with dozens of stitches from bite wounds, and possible internal bleeding. So far, her owners have paid more than $1,000 in vet bills and she is not out of the woods yet.

Patricia McNeese says the attack is not the first and it won't be the last if something is not done fast.

"I am very concerned about the safety of not only the pets in our neighborhood, but children and adults as well," McNeese said.

Neighbors claim one dog, a 10-year-old brown lab mix that can be found wandering the streets of the neighborhood, is responsible for more than six attacks on other dogs. A neighborhood woman also claims she was bitten by the same dog. McNeese and other neighbors who did not want to talk on camera say they have all tried talking with the dog's owner, but the owner refuses to admit the dog is a problem and won't make the dog stay off everyone else's property.

"There is not a question in our minds what animal is responsible for all of these attacks, and we just need the police to do their jobs and force the owner to take care of this dangerous animal," McNeese added.

Madison County has K9 ordinances to address pets running wild and attacking other dogs or people. Despite neighbors telling WHNT News 19 they have collectively filed three police reports against the dog's owners, they say nothing has been done to fix the problem.

WHNT News 19 contacted the Madison County Sheriff's office Friday afternoon. On the phone, an official said the complaints are under review and the case remains open. The official refused to comment further because it is an on-going investigation.

WHNT News 19 spoke with another neighbor who lives across the street from where the alleged vicious dog resides. That neighbor does not think the dog is responsible for the attacks and says another dog from the area may be to blame. But for the six pet owners and one human bite victim, they all point a finger directly to the same dog. dog1

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