LAYTON, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A Layton woman and her pet are recovering from a vicious dog attack on Monday. Police said two pit bull dogs attacked them as they were walking down the street. But ABC 4 Utah is told this incident may be less about bad dogs, and more about bad owners.
"She was like right over here," said Darlene Moroncini, witness.
Darlene Moroncini said she saw her neighbor under attack.
"She was just like screaming help me like really loudly," said Moroncini.
She said two pit bulls, a male and female now being held at the Davis County Animal Shelter, attacked her neighbor walking her dog Monday morning near 14th West and 14th North in Layton. The pit bulls weren't leashed, and began biting the woman and her dog.
"I tried to grab on the mouth at first and I kind of did manage to pull him off of her a little bit, but then my boyfriend was the one that grabbed him," said Moroncini.
The attack was so vicious the woman and her dog suffered significant bite injuries.
"Bites are certainly directly caused by dogs, but indirectly caused by reckless or neglicant pet owners," said Temma Martin, Best Friends Animal Society.
Animal advocate Temma Martin tells Reporter Brian Carlson this attack is a tragic lesson for dog owners to be more responsible. She said all dog owners, not just pit bull owners should have them confined.
"Dogs that run loose in the neighborhood can instinctively consider that whole neighborhood is their territory," said Martin.
For Moroncini, she sees roaming dogs in her neighborhood far too often.
"I see dogs here all the time, and like they're just walking around without a lease or a collar and you're like who's dog is that? If it bites me, I'm not going to now who's it is," said Moroncini.
The Davis Co. Animal Shelter doesn't know who these two dogs belong to either.
Right now they're being held on a 10 day quarantine. If the owners don't come forward, after the quarantine is up, the dogs could be put down.
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