La PORTE – A Center Township woman received a warning and four of her dogs were quarantined after they allegedly killed a neighbor's cat, then charged the homeowner, trapping her inside her house, according to police.
The victim, a 61-year-old woman, called 911 at about 9 a.m. on Monday to complain about the dogs running loose, according to a report from the La Porte County Sheriff's Department. She said her cat had been "attacked and killed" in her back yard, and "the dogs were still outside, preventing her from being able to leave the house."
Two deputies responded to the home in the 4000 block of West Schultz Road, where the 911 caller said she heard the neighbor's dogs barking, adding they were "barking most of the night," the report said.
She then heard one of her cats, which was on the back patio, start to meow and hiss. She saw two German shepherds, which belonged to her neighbor, attack the cat and "rip it into two pieces," according to the report. The dogs then took it into the woods.
She told officers she walked to the front yard and "the dogs came around the house and started to charge" at her, the report said. She went back inside and they "started to jump on the front door and scratch at it," she told deputies.
As they were speaking, three small German shepherds ran to the front of the house and "began to growl and bark," the deputy wrote in the report. He unholstered his Taser and pointed it at the dogs, which did not attack.
As they waited for Animal Control, the dogs' owner arrived and put them into their kennels. The deputy said the victim was "visibly upset" and "hid behind" the deputies when the dogs growled.
She said the dogs repeatedly "get out and run loose in the area," one time nearly causing a head-on collision when they were running on the street.
Animal Control officers spoke with the dogs' owner, 39-year-old Sara Amor, who said she left the house about 7:45 a.m. with the dogs in a fenced-in area of the back yard. When she returned, she realized the dogs were out and put them back into their kennel in the house.
She said the dogs were 5-month-old German shepherd-husky mixes.
Animal Control said it was the first time they had been called about the dogs, so Amor was issued a warning for the dogs running loose. She was also told that the four dogs running loose would need to have their vaccinations updated and be quarantined for 10 days because they attacked another animal.
She immediately called a veterinarian to make an appointment, the report said.
The victim was told to call 911 if the dogs were seen running loose again. The deputy said he checked the yard and the wooded area behind the house, but could find no signs of fur or blood, the report said.
He also noted that the victim's son arrived at the home and said if the dogs returned, he would "take matters into his own hands" and kill them, the report said.
Amor later called the sheriff's department to report the man came to her house and made the same threat. He was told by police to contact the sheriff's department if the dogs returned and not to handle it himself, the report said.