Wants to make park safer and defends the dogs who killed her pets
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The owner of the Yorkie killed after a brutal dog attack at the Prickett Marina Dog Park on Tuesday shared her story with ABC57 to appeal to the community to make the park safer and to defend the three Greyhounds who attacked her pet.
Eventually the dogs were separated. Parker immediately rushed Tatum to the nearest animal hospital for emergency surgery.
“His one lung was deflated, his chest wall had multiple holes, had some shredding to it,” Parker, a Registered Nurse, described. “His heart was bruised.”
Now Parker is determined to make the park safer, she is pushing for the City of Mishawaka to divide the park and separate small and large dogs.
“I just want to make sure things are corrected and I believe with this tragedy things will be corrected,” she explained. “It would’ve been so simple to avoid this.”
She also explained that she’s sympathetic towards the Greyhounds that attacked Tatum. According to the Mishawaka Police Department’s report on the attack the Greyhounds are named Butter Rum, Al Kiowa-Rocky and Bush. ABC57 has found that they are all retired racing dogs who were adopted through Greyhound rescue agencies. The Greyhound racing industry has received criticism for training dogs to race by teaching them to attack small animals.
“People have said, do you want those dogs put down?” Parker explained. “Those dogs killed my dog, but I’m an animal lover and I do believe those dogs did only what they had been trained to do.