- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck couple walking their dog wound up fending off two loose dogs that attacked the border collie and caused numerous bite wounds.

June and Ron Veitz’s dog, Chance, wound up in surgery Wednesday after the two dogs bit off one of his ears and severed the other ear. Chance had multiple bite wounds on his torso and head.

“It was a horrific thing to watch,” June Veitz said.

June told the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1mkyk7C) she hit the dogs with her firsts and kicked them to try and get them off Chance. Her husband tackled the dogs and forced them to the ground while she pulled Chance to safety.

Onlookers called 911 and gave the couple and Chance a ride to the veterinary clinic, and then home.



“To me, they’re my heroes,” June said.

Bismarck Police Officer Pat Renz described the dogs as a male and female “bulldog cross.” The owner of the dogs told police the dogs likely slipped out through a gate left open by a service worker.

Renz said an animal control warden determined that the two dogs were not a threat to people.

Renz said the matter will likely be forwarded to the city attorney for review, but added, “I think it’s primarily going to be a civil matter.”

June said Chance was happy to be picked up on Thursday afternoon and “definitely wanted to get out” of the vet’s hospital. She said he will have to wear a cone for a month. Because he has a drainage tube in his chest, he also has to wear a T-shirt for that time.

“He’s got a long road ahead of him,” she said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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