Fri, Oct. 18

Pitbulls sought in attack

COTTONWOOD - A reward has been offered for information leading to prosecution of an ATV rider who let his pitbulls run free in Verde Santa Fe.

The dogs reportedly knocked down an older woman and attacked the puppy she was walking on a leash. Now, the woman's daughter has offer a $100 reward for information.

The Yavapai Sheriff's Office says the incident occurred Sunday at the corner of Santa Fe Parkway and Hogan Drive when the man drove by on an ATV with two pitbull dogs on the back.

As he drove by the 72-year-old woman walking her puppy, one of his dogs jumped off and went after the woman's small dog on a leash. The man stopped to try and contain the animal, but the second dog then jumped off, knocked the woman to the ground unconscious and injured her knee.

The small dog was attacked and bitten by the dogs as well.

The rider finally got dogs back on the small vehicle and drove away.

Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, says unfortunately the incident was not reported until a day after the event, so it was difficult to follow-up.

The vehicle is described as black and white with a red top. One of the dogs is white and tan. The second is tan or red and white.

The Verde Santa Fe Homeowners Association will publish a description of the offenders and remind homeowners of the leash law.

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