Pit bull attack caught on video in Wash.

Pit bull attack caught on video in Wash.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

RICHLAND, Wash. - A Richland woman says a pit bull problem in her neighborhood has been scaring her for a long time but this is the last straw.

A pack of dogs were seen attacking one lone animal and it was caught on tape - four pit bull terriers ganging up on one of their own.

Neighbor Jessie Jaymes said their was no way she could have stopped the attack. "There's no safety, no guarantee they wouldn't get over the fence," she said.

The video carried on for at least 15 minutes. Once the attack was over, the dog appeared to be lifeless. But the other pit bulls kept dragging it around the yard.

The owner finally got home and found the dog, but it couldn't be saved.

Neighbors called police and they referred the incident to Animal Control. Both Animal Control and the city said their hands were tied. The fight did not break any laws because it happened in the owner's backyard. So they cannot deem the dogs dangerous.

"I live here and I have to deal with it everyday, and I'm sick of it," said Jaymes. "I might end up having to move. I don't want to move. I like my house, but it's not worth it if something happens to my dogs or me."

To make matters worse, Jaymes is in a wheelchair. She said she is helpless to defend herself or her Cocker Spaniels.

The pit bulls' owner, Carl Martinez, said there is nothing bad about them. He blamed the neighbor's dogs for riling up his pack.

Martinez also claimed the only reason the attack happened was because he wasn't home. If he had been, he said he would have brought the dogs in.

Neighbors say that explanation is not good enough. Jaymes said well before this attack she sent a complaint to the city of Richland, including a log of barking disturbance complaints.

Animal Control and the city said they are reviewing everything but for now they view the dog problem as a civil issue.