SHARONVILLE, Ohio – A couple is looking for the owners of a dog they said attacked their puppy during a walk in the park Sunday.
Allison Cole and her fiancé, Brad Sweeney, were walking their 13-week-old puppy, Moe, at Sharon Woods park when a family with another dog stopped them.
"They were like ‘Oh my god, your dog is so cute. What kind is it?’ So we stopped,” Cole said. Moe is a Basset Hound Shar-Pei mix (known as Ba-Shar).
“Our dog sat and their dog sat and they kind of came toward each other, sniffing, and within seconds the dog attached itself on her muzzle," Cole said.
The couple watched in horror as the other dog - Cole thinks it was a pitbull mix - latched on to their puppy and the other family did nothing.
"The dog locked on to her face -- and then as the dog moves she's in his mouth moving,” Cole said.
“So it just kept ripping,” Sweeney added. “This went on for 30 seconds. Finally I had to literally punch the dog in its face so it finally released ours."
What shocked Cole and Sweeney the most wasn’t the attack, but the owners’ response. Sweeney asked for the family’s contact information - their teen daughter was with them. The other man refused and said “dogs will be dogs,” Cole said.
"They wouldn't tell us their name -- and we wanted their contact information to make sure their dog was healthy and vaccinated, but they refused,” Sweeney said.
Moe spent more than five hours being stitched up by a veterinarian. She will have a scar, but should otherwise be fine.
"We were just disgusted by the way these people acted,” Sweeney said. “No sympathy. They offered zero help."
A bystander shot video of the incident, but they don’t know who did. Hamilton County Park Rangers said that person, and anyone else with information, should give them a call at 513-521-3980.