Dog Attack Victim Supports Strict Vicious Animal Enforcement

It's been nearly two months since Cindy Ryder and her beloved chihuahua were attacked by a neighbor's pit bull while out for a walk.

"This dog bolted out of the door, and kept charging so I picked up my Chihuahua to protect him and I turned." Ryder says.

Ryder is still healing from the injuries she endured to her arm and ear.
She spent three days in the hospital.
Her dog died in the attack.

"I put my hand on his head and I was crying really hard because I knew there was nothing I could do." says Ryder.

This week, a Marathon County judge agreed that the dog that attacked Ryder should be euthenized.

It's a step this animal lover feels is necessary.
She hopes that the City of Wausau does everything it can to make the owners of vicious dogs be held accountable.

"If you are going to have a dog like that that is capable of doing that much damage you have to have preventative measures and people who don't have to take the dog out of town." says Ryder.

Determining if a dog is dangerous is up to the Wausau Police Department.

Whenever a biting incident takes place, police evaluate each situation individually.
If a dog needs to be quarantined, it is held at the Marathon County Humane Society.

The City of Wausau Municipal Code says an animal is considered dangerous when it bites, attacks, or injures a person or other animal without them provoking it.

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