3 dogs fatally mauled inside their home

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(KTVI)-- Three small dogs were mauled inside their own home in Granite City.

Two larger dogs from the neighborhood got into the house through a doggie door and attacked the smaller dogs late Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The most recent victims said there have been at least 11 small pets attacked and killed in this neighborhood since November; the latest coming right on Pine Street Sunday a neighbor says.

It happened while the dogs’ owner was gone.

The gruesome scene she found when she got home broke her heart.

She called them Cowboy, Bandit, and Sugarbutt.  All three dogs were part Chihuahua.  All three were part of the family.

“They were her babies,” said Kimberli Green.

The dogs belonged to her aunt, Rebecca Green, who was still too shaken for an interview Tuesday.

Kimberli Green buried the three dogs for her aunt in her aunt’s back yard in the 2400 block of Pine.

“You walk in the door and these dogs are there to greet you every day and then they’re just not, and to have to remember that every time, to remember how they died.  It’s hard for me, and they’re not my dogs,” Kimberli Green said, fighting tears.

“My aunt never had any kids so her dogs were her kids – and to have all three taken from her like that and to have to watch it,” said Scott Watson, Rebecca Green’s nephew.

Two larger dogs apparently pit bulls or pit mixes, one brown, the other white with dark spots, jumped Rebecca Green’s fence and got into her house through the now boarded up doggie door, a neighbor said.

The police report said one of the larger dogs dragged Cowboy back into the yard. Cowboy was so badly wounded, his organs lying outside of his body that a deputy shot Cowboy at the family’s request to end his suffering.

Bandit was dead inside the home, Rebecca Green said.

Sugarbutt was still alive but suffered fatal puncture wounds and was euthanized, she said.

Katie Whittington, who lives one block over on Hemlock Street, said two dogs matching the description tried to attack her dogs within the past two weeks.

“I looked out and there were two pit bulls that were trying to get in through the window, at my dogs,” she said.

She was able to chase them away.

Investigators were canvassing the area looking for the suspected attack dogs Sunday and again Tuesday night.

“It’s just a matter of time before it’s something bigger than a cat or a dog,” Kimberli Green said.

She said there were 11 cases of pets being attacked and killed in the neighborhood since November;  the suspected attack dogs all match the same description.

Kimberli Green said she hoped the attacks would not flame a crusade against pit bulls.

She's a pit bull owner and loves the breed.

If you have any information call the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at  618-692-6087.

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  • ByeByeToTheRite

    This is very sad, and I feel sorry for the little dogs and the owner, but why would you have a doggie door open and available where other animals and/or people have access? That just seems kind of, well, dumb. Some things are just SO avoidable, if some common sense is used.

    • nowhere_freeway

      obviously not a dog owner. dog doors are put in to give the dog ability to go out when needed.

    • Steven Sweeney

      She had a fenced yard, would you suggest a guard tower? Just another typical dog owner ignoring the leash law and causing tragedy for an innocent victim.When found, the owner will claim as always ” they only got out for a minute”.

    • Gabriel Barros

      Wow! So you’re blaming it on the victim? Because they have a doggie door?

      Ask yourself why some idiot lets a breed of dog who’s sole purpose is to kill other dogs escape? Besides, those little dogs were on their own property and you’re a jerk.

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    • Mark Thomas

      Maybe someone else who leaves an unlocked doggy door when they are gone might get wise and save their own pet.

    • Gabriel Barros

      The pit bull owner, if found will claim it’s not his dogs who kill them. And yeah, I find it disgusting that pit bull advocates would blame the killing of 3 dogs on a doggie door rather than the fact that pit bulls, for over a century, were specifically bred to kill other dogs. That’s how dog fighters wanted it.

  • Melissa

    Why don’t you people stop blaming it on the unlocked doggy door? She obviously left it unlocked so the dogs could go outside to do their thing. Her yard was also fenced. The blame should be placed on whoever let those monsters out to run around killing other animals!!!

    • Bob

      That makes as much sense as leaving your car running at the mini-mart and putting all the blame on the kid who stole it.

      • nowhere_freeway

        so bob, are you afraid to blame to the idiots that trained the pitties? your comment is just plain stupid.

  • Laura Baragiola

    I have been bitten 3 times in my 48 years of life and not once was it a Pit Bull or mix of bully breeds. 1st time a doberman that was being mistreated as I was petting her (12 year old kids dont recognize the signs of an agitated dog) 2nd time I was trying to help a schnauzer that had gotten twisted up in a lawn mower pull that bite went completely through my hand.( I was a grown adult) 3rd time I got my hand between 2 dogs that were fighting for Alpha position 1 was a little 35 pound Shepard mix- and the other a husky. I have dogs to this day. I educate my self- And the only time i have encountered a Pit he was a big strapping guy at 100 pounds and met me at the door to a property I was showing- he showered me with kisses. It really does not matter the breed – what matters are the owners and trainers. It is horrible that this happened to this family- focus on sympathy and educating society. My heartfelt prayers to the family- i know what its like to suddenly lose your 4 legged family member.

  • Pitbull owner

    I work with a animal rescue and I am so sorry for the loss of three little lives to the green family my heart goes out. To the people who are blaming it on the dog door or the breed you should really not comment but because this is a free world u can do so, but just know that any dog can be taught to kill anything, they need to find the owners and go after them. I have two pits who are awesome. It’s all on how you raise your dog it has nothing to do with breed.

    • nowhere_freeway

      good post – although it’s not easy getting through to the pit bull hating trolls that post their ignorant cr@p here.

  • Justice for All

    I can’t believe the ignorance of some of the people commenting on here. This is NOT the fault of the owner of the mauled dogs. She is the victim! The owner of the two vicious dogs is to blame here. They should be found and charges brought up on them. The two pitbulls should be pur down. It’s only a matter of time before these two dogs kill a kid. Stop defending these two dogs…they are vicious and need to be exterminated.

  • Michelle Greenway

    Not all pit bulls are viscious. My daughter’s is the biggest sweetheart you would ever want to meet. It depends on how they ARE ARE RAISE. I feel so bad these dogs were attacked by poorly raised pits.

  • Sara

    I would like to say there is no conformation the 2
    Dogs that did this were indeed pitbulls! It is very tragic & I’m very sorry for your loss! I do hope these dogs are caught & no other animals or people are hurt in the time being! Some dogs do have a tendency to chase smaller animals wether it be a rabbit, cat or smaller dog breed! But don’t blame & point the finger at the whole pitbull breed! When in this case it hasn’t even been proven to be a pitbull. Don’t blame the breed blame the people who raise them this way!


    Genetics anyone? It’s not how fighting breeds are raised, it’s who they are. Luckily, the two dogs in this article have only killed pets at this point, but do we know that for sure? Hmmm…

    “We thought he was going to be a great dog. He acted like one. He was a good example of a good pit. Until he just decided to attack. He slept in our bed and everything. We never left the kids alone with him. They were never mean to him. We had 5 other dogs including another female pit and they never fought.
    It’s NOT the way they are raised. Our dog was well loved and raised. He obeyed all commands and never showed any aggression. These myths almost cost my sons life. How many more people have to get hurt because of a lie?”
    Jennifer Arp

    “The backdoor was open and suddenly we heard people screaming from outside. Bexar, with zero warning, had lunged at Gavin, and his jaws were clamped down on Gavin’s face, right in front of everyone. Let me point out that there were 8 people within arms reach of Gavin when Bexar attacked. This is a critical point, because I have heard from many people about this, who say that they would never leave their children “alone” with “any” dog. Gavin was far from being alone when this attack happened. Even 4 grown men were unable to pry Bexar’s jaws off of Gavin’s head. Greg ran out and was finally able to get Bexar to release, saving Gavin’s life.”
    Maggie Bain

    “My brother had raised many pit bulls and one particularly captured our hearts…He was the sweetest well mannered gentle dog I had ever seen…I was always told the aggressive ones were because they were trained to fight and it was all in how they were raised….and if u got them from puppies that was the best way to raise any dog…Both of the dogs who attacked were brought home as puppies and picked out by Kara…These dogs never displayed any people aggression. ..Always sat dutifully by her side, watched her have tea parties, sat by her side when she was sick, thought they were lap dogs and liked to snuggle…..no warnings, no snapping, no growling…….just snapped!”
    Roxanne Hartrich

    “Children are blessings from God. Dogs are animals, I understand peoples love for animals and a lot of people choose or may not be able to have children so have these dogs and treat them as their own kids. They will always be animals, not children. For those who choose the dangerous breeds please stop and think, is it worth taking the chance on it turning and killing our children and family members?”
    Johnna Harvard

    “Our son was brutally killed by our pet pit bull of 8 years…On April 24, 2013 we lost both our beautiful son Beau and our family dog, affectionately known as Kissy Face. Our dog had been part of our family for 8 years and lived up to her name, for she was eager to overload everyone with kisses. Oh, she was such a very loving and family oriented dog. Kissy Face had been around since her birth on November 22, 2005.
    Then with no warning, matters changed dramatically and our world was irrevocably altered. Shortly after Beau’s 2nd birthday, I made a quick trip to the restroom. Just a few minutes later I returned to find my son lying in a pool of his own blood.”
    Angela Rutledge

    “Her right shoulder was dislocated in a backward fashion, half her right face was missing, as well as part of her right neck, and most of her right ear. My mother had bite marks all over her face, neck, and scalp. Her vocal box was ripped, that’s why my niece only heard one yell. Her C1 & C2 were fractured; part of her spinal cord was ripped from her lifeless body. She fought and fought. She suffered from a horrific, sustained, vicious and violent attack at the jaws of a completely unpredictable breed of dog. My mother’s autopsy report shows her wounds to be consistent with defending her grandchild. The report states that my mother was defending her grandchild. My mother is a hero. She saved my nephew’s life.”
    Ruth Halleran


    • Jacquie Racine Klein

      They will still deny, deny, deny. They will counter with the typical “I’ve been bit by several little dogs, but never a pit.” Maybe that is why they are still alive? They will claim you are feeding stereotypes when you are acknowledging statistics. They are putting their children at risk, as well as their neighbors, but they will still say “my baby would never hurt anyone…” just like the people in your quotes once said. All breeds have different characteristics. It’s not stereotyping. It’s just fact.

  • Merritt Clifton

    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100. Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700); 95% of the fatal attacks on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280). About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals. There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time. Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.

  • Dayna

    Pit bulls. The only dog I’ve ever read about that will actually break INTO a house to kill another dog. Yes, I’m sure they’re all lovely pets, until they aren’t.

  • patti

    Obviously there are mean digs then there are owners who should not be dog owners. Just like there are parents who should not have children. This is so disturbing as these dogs broke into her house and KILLED her babies. Finding these dogs should be a priority for the safety of the neighborhood. Next should be the euthansia of those dogs and finally the owner should be penalized. Pit Bulls are a terror I know as one lives behind us, whenever I let my dog out or go outside this animal creates chaos, barks and charges the fence. Owner gone, and there is no talking to him. Its jus a matter of time before this dog finds a way of getting either over or under that fencing.

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