Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas family said Qutie, their 6-year-old Shih Tzu, was nearly mauled to death by another dog roughly a week ago in a quiet eastside neighborhood.
Owner Mariann Tindall told Action News that Qutie's attack cost her about $1,700 in emergency surgery and various other vet bills.
Qutie lost an eye in the attack. She is now covered in bite marks and stitches and she is forced to take antibiotics and painkillers. "She's not the same dog she [used to be]," said Tindall.
Tindall said the attack happened just a few streets down from her home, inside the Villa Borega mobile home park, near Lamb Boulevard and Washington Avenue.
Tindall's brother, Clyde Downer, was walking Qutie when it happened. He said two dogs came out of nowhere, and ran up to Qutie. Neither one was on a leash or had a collar.
Downer said one of the dogs picked Qutie up, "She was shaking like a rag doll. I was screaming at the top of my lungs [for] help."
Downer rushed Qutie home to Mariann, who raced the dog to the veterinarian hospital.
Tindall told Action News that Animal Control picked up the dog she believes attacked Qutie. She said the city told her the people who've come to claim the dog, haven't been able to show proof of ownership. It lends no help to Qutie's family. They're retired and on a fixed income. "I can't afford to put out $1,700 just like that to take care of her," added Tindall.
Tindall said the attacking dog's caretaker needs to come forward and foot the bill for the mauling that changed Qutie's life forever.
On Monday afternoon, Action News reached out to Animal Control for comment. We are still waiting for a response.
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