AUSTIN (KXAN) - After two pit bulls attacked and killed a Chihuahua in its own front yard in a North Austin neighborhood, the women who were walking the pit bulls are behind bars.
The attack happened in the 10000 block of Golden Meadow Drive near Rutland Drive Saturday afternoon.
The two women were walking the pit bulls along Golden Meadows Drive when witnesses said the dogs attacked a small Chihuahua. It's not the attack itself but what police said the women did just after it that has them in jail.
“It happened right in front of my two little kids,” said Leticia Martinez. “They loved him so much they were in shock."
Leticia said a woman was walking by her house with two pit bulls, and only one was on a leash when they bolted for her 3-year-old dog Tyson. Blood still stains the home's driveway after the 2 p.m. attack Saturday.
Next door neighbor Eric Nelson heard the commotion and came outside to see what had happened.
"It was a pit bull dog that came over here and got a hold to her dog and just ripped it apart to shreds,” said Nelson.
Jumanne Chrsitophe owns the pit bulls. He said his girlfriend Angela Martinez - no relation to the Chihuahua's owners - and her sister Marissa Bell were walking the dogs at the time.
“I see my dog come back, and he didn't have my girlfriend with him but he has blood all over his face,” said Christophe. “So I'm like, 'What’s going on?'”
According to police paper work, Angela and Bell left with the dogs and did not offer to exchange any information before driving away.
The two pit bulls are under lock and key at the Animal Control Center at Town Lake Animal Shelter.
Staff members told KXAN Austin News that we could not see the dogs because they have been deemed too dangerous.
However, the dog's owner, Christophe, said as soon as he can come up with the money, he is free to take his dogs.
“It's going to cost me $160 to get each dog out,” said Christophe.
That is in addition to the $10,000 bonds for each of the women facing felony charges for tampering with evidence after police said they fled the scene with the pit bulls. Christophe said his girlfriend and her sister planned to bring the dogs to Cedar Park.
“I guess the police pulled them over,” said Christophe.
Peter Davis lives across the street from the Chihuahua's home. He has his own pit bull and said owners need to take extra precautions.
"If they are not controlled with kids, they bite kids," said Davis.
Davis also explained he has also had problems with the pit bulls that killed Tyson.
“I said, 'Ma'am, the chain you got for him isn’t secure,'" said Davis. "She said, 'That's the third time today he broke loose.'”
Meanwhile, Tyson's family hopes other dog owners will learn from their loss by keeping their dogs on a leash if they are aggressive.
“They were acting so aggressive they got my little Chihuahua,” said Leticia.
The City of Austin Leash Ordinance requires pet owners to keep their dogs on a leash unless in a designated leash-free area.