Woman recovering after dog kills Yorkie

Posted at 12:41 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 10:21:15-04

A Brandon woman is recovering and grieving the loss of her own dog, Honey, after she says a neighborhood dog got loose and attacked.

Georgette Walker, 68, was in her garage when she says an unleashed, un-collared dog  charged up her driveway and attacked her four-year-old Yorkie, Honey, who was leashed in the garage.

"She took Honey in her mouth," Walker said. "Just shook her. Just shook her. Like she was a toy!"

Walker says she attempted to fight the dog to save Honey's life. 

"I took this hand and I was punching it to make it let go of my dog," Walker said.

However, her wheelchair got caught in a dip in the yard and Walker spilled out into the ground.

"There was no way I could get up. I was shaking so bad," she said.

That's when she said Honey started biting the other dog back in attempt to protect her owner.

A neighbor heard Walker's cries for help and tried fighting off the dog, that Hillsborough County said is a Pit Bull Terrier Mix, with a small rake. The dog eventually let go of Honey.

Honey was severely injured in the attack and died soon after.

Walker suffered injured to her hands and feet. Walker is on a fixed income and is now over $1,000 in debt because of the attack, said Kristin Slouber, a family friend via email to ABC Action News.

Alice Seegmiller, another family friend, is staying with Walker as she recovers and hopes the dog's owners are held responsible.

"They should be held accountable for that dog's actions," Seegmiller said.

The owners live in a nearby subdivision, Walker said.

Hillsborough County Animal Control representatives said they are citing the attacking dog's owners for having a "vicious dog at large." That dog is now under quarantine at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.

Walker's friends have helped her set up this Go Fund Me page to help pay for Honey's vet bill.