SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Neighbors are speaking out after police said a man hit a dog with a baseball bat in Springfield.
Lilith is the female dog that was allegedly attacked on Friday. The incident happened at around 9:30 a.m. in an alley near 25th and D Street.
Neighbors, who didn't want their identity released, said they were at home when they heard a loud bang and a dog crying. They said they looked outside to see what was happening. The neighbors reportedly saw the dog bleeding from her head and a man holding a bat. They said that's when they knew they had to do something.
To them, the incident hits very close to home because they are former pet owners. They said they can't imagine this happening to their own dog.
"I don't know how someone could hit a dog with a bat," one neighbor said. "Even out of anger, even if it did kill his chickens, that's not right."
Police said Ryan Kastrava told them he hit Lilith because she was attacking his chickens and had bit his legs.
They said they initially wanted to call police, but instead decided to call animal control. Lilith was taken to an emergency veterinary and her owners are hopeful she will make a full recovery.
Springfield cited Ryan Kastrava who is now facing second degree animal abuse charges.
Those who witnessed the incident said they hope nothing like this ever happens again.
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