Two dogs owned by Oakland Raiders cornerback Taiwan Jones are being held under quarantine by Contra Costa County Animal Services while an investigation is conducted as to whether the animals are potentially dangerous, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Jones’ two dogs—described as Pit Bull-mixes--attacked and killed a neighbor’s Chihuahua on Monday night in Brentwood, a city in the San Francisco East Bay area. Olivia Paredes says she was out walking her 12-year-old Chihuahua, named Chula, around 8:00 p.m. on Larkspur Court when she saw “two shadows coming quickly toward her and her dog.”
Those shadows turned out to be Jones’ two Pit Bulls, who charged Chula and killed her as her owner watched helplessly.
"We expected (Chula) to die of old age," she said. "We did not want her to leave us like this."
According to reports, Taiwan Jones was with the dogs at the time. There is no indication whether the dogs were unleashed.
Jones, 25, who was drafted by the Raiders in 2011, is said to be “devastated,” according to Doug Hendrickson, his agent, who told reporters, “Jones is a deep animal lover and has tried to reach out to Paredes since the incident.” Hendrickson confirmed that Jones was with the dogs at the time of the attack.
"It was a tragic accident and he feels terrible about it," Hendrickson said. "It's never happened before. He's sick over this, no question."
The Pit Bulls are Jones’ family pets; and, according to Hendrickson, they have never attacked humans or other animals before.
Lieutenant Joe DeCosta of Contra Costa Animal Services said that after the investigation is completed, a decision will be made by the Animal Services director as to whether Jones’ dogs are potentially dangerous or if they are not believed to be a threat.
Should the findings show they pose a threat, DeCosta said Jones would be required to apply for potentially dangerous animal permits, which place restrictions on the dogs, including that they are muzzled and leashed while outside at all times. The permit states that the animal, though dangerous, is still eligible to be owned.
Paredes is waiting for the determination of the investigation. She told reporters that she wishes there was something more she could have done to help Chula.
"I walked my dog along that street every night," Paredes said. "We've had (Chula) since she was 6 weeks old. She was part of the family. I usually have granddaughter with me and I just worry ... this could happen again."
Source: Contra Costa Times