Eugene woman says two dogs attacked her, killed cat

Two dogs attacked a Eugene woman's cat and killed him before she could save him.

Posted: Aug 22, 2018 5:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene woman said her cat was killed by two pit bull-type dogs in west Eugene and she was injured in the process of trying to save him.

Robin Callaway said she had walked outside onto her front porch when she was greeted by two blonde dogs. She said they were friendly enough, but she felt that she should put her cat, Ozzy, inside. She said Ozzy was an older cat, about 15 years old, but still very healthy.

The second Ozzy moved, Callaway said the dogs pounced. They chased him and cornered him in her neighbor’s yard. There they began to literally tear him apart. Callaway said she could hear his bones crunching, so she tried to step in and help, but she was bitten and dragged to the ground. She suffered bite wounds to her hand and leg. That's when she said she knew it was over.

“I put my hand on him and was petting him, just letting him know I was still there,” Callaway said. “He looked at me, he swung his tail once, and then he was gone."

It wasn't until a Good Samaritan heard Callaway screaming from the nearby bike path and broke through the fence that they were able to contain the dogs.

Callaway said she's been very scared ever since the incident. She's no longer allowing her other animals outside, and she's even seen more loose dogs that have set her on edge. She said the worst part, though, is that her 6-year-old granddaughter witnessed the whole thing.

“Knowing that she saw me getting dragged to the ground by these dogs and hearing her frantic scream, it kills me,” Callaway said.

The dogs were taken by animal control for the time being. Eugene police declined to comment on the investigation at this time, but they did say that having a dog at-large, or off-leash and away from its owner is considered negligent. Callaway said she hopes that someone comes forward and claims responsibility for the actions of these dogs.

“They've made me feel unsafe. They've made my granddaughter feel unsafe. They've turned our life around. They literally have,” Callaway said.

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