Poodle Attacked, Dog That Did It Still On The Loose

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Their dog was attacked by a Staffordshire Terrier, a dog very similar to a Pit Bull. Now their dog is dead and the dog responsible is still on the loose according to Animal Control.

The attack it happened in a Winterville neighborhood on February 19th. The Poaletti family's toy poodle was with his owner when he went to get the mail. That's when the poodle was attacked at the throat by the Staffordshire Terrier.

Jerry Poaletti hurt his finger trying to get the dog off of him. Joey was then taken to the vet, but had to be put down because of severe brain injury and pain. The couple is still in shock.

The Poaletti's said the dogs owner offered to pay for a new dog and she also paid for the medical expenses from the incident.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    Um, did you watch that clip of the news up there? They said that the owner first said that it was a Staffordshire Terrier but then when it was missing later advertised it as a "Pit bull". So all of you that are just so upset about this, just calm down a bit and the problem is that the dog was not leashed. And now Joey is dead. Best wishes to his family and all who loved him. My heart goes out to you.
  • by Tammy Location: Greenville on Mar 28, 2009 at 10:31 PM
    A Staffordshire Terrier attacked my dog. Enforce leash laws and hold people responsible for thier animals actions. If there is a leash law and a leash is not used a fine should be assessed as well as damages and out of the fine it should pay to help animal rescue and animal shelters. If people want to help make a difference introduce new laws and legislation in regard to pets/animals.
  • by MaxxRocks Location: Connecticut on Mar 27, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    Maxx was walking in the road, on a leash, which I was holding. My son and I were singing, it was a perfect day. The dog escaped from the house with the intent to attack Maxx, the children who lived in the house opened the door for the frantic dog. The dog lived in the house for exactly one week. This is stated in the state police log. I had no idea this 74 lb. Staffordshire Terrier mix lived in our neighborhood. My first thought was to tell my 5 year old not to run, and to stand behind me, which he did. Maxx then looked at me as if to say, don't worry, but it was too late. My 85 lb. lab was ripped from his choke chain. To this day I can hear his screams. And so the story continues. Agencies are placing dogs who have questionable pasts into family neighborhoods and this is wrong. Try to tear a pit bull away from a dog he is trying to kill! To suggest the fault is anyone's other than the owner or the agency is wrong. You obviously have an agenda. www.myspace.com/maxxthreelegs
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    No but be aware of your surroundings. If you saw the dog why not go the other way to ensure nothing like that would happen especially with your kids there. I am sorry for the loss but at the same time there are dangerous dogs in EVERY breed. I have a problem with every time a dog is attacked they compare it to a pit bull. How about Chows? or other breeds? Yes pit bulls are very muscular but if you know how to handle the dog then you can get them to release. Also just like sex offenders or other criminals in a neighborhood the dogs should be looked at as well. That way you know what dogs you need to stay away from. Every dog should be on a leash and every owner should take responsibility for their pet. Also while people may not see how the animal is provoked the instincts are different. Something that might provoke one person may not provoke another it is the same with dogs and any other animal. I am sorry for the loss but sometimes there is a bigger picture.
  • by MaxxRocks Location: Connecticut on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    J, your point is well taken. Let's hope we don't read more stories like this. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious illness and I suggest the family seek treatment. My heart goes out to them.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 27, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    Good Grief people. Please SHUT UP about talking bad about Pit Bulls. DEAD HORSE that has been severely BEATEN constantly about this. Let this FAMILY and DOG rest in piece.
  • by MaxxRocks Location: Connecticut on Mar 27, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    Reality is if you kick an attacking dog in ribs, or hit it in the head with a large rock, most dogs will release the victim. Pit bulls do not, when they are intent to kill. This instinct is based on irresponsible human ownership and in some cases breeding. Most pit bulls are very muscular, there physical being is stronger than most common breeds. I have been around dogs for over 50 years, and the attack I witnessed compared to no other dog attack, dog aggression or any dog experience in my life. That is why I lost my mind. Work together to make changes. Rather than excuses, why don't dog owners work together to educate. What does a leash law mean, not much.
  • by MaxxRocks Location: Connecticut on Mar 27, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    Dogs trained to fight to the death (not all pit bulls, but many dogs that have been rescued) do not need to be provoked. We live in an up scale neighborhood, and our dog was attacked by a rescued Staffordshire Terrier mix, who was placed numerous times due to bad behavior. Our family moved from a transient neighborhood, where dog owners were not responsible, this was the main factor for our move. The home we lived in had been in our family for generations, and the blue collar neighborhood no longer existed. So basically, if we should move to a neighborhood that does not have any dangerous dogs, then I guess the laws should state, dangerous dogs can not move into the neighborhood. Think of what you are saying. You are hurting your cause more than helping it. The agency who place this dog, stated the dog could not live with a male canine. So when the children in the house let the dog out, when he saw Maxx walking, in the road on a leash, who should be responsible? Us for moving here?
  • by Tami Location: Winterville on Mar 27, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    As a pet owner, my heart goes out to the Poaletti family. I think that pet owners should be responsible and keep dogs in a secure fence or on a leash.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 27, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    Chloe, disagree all you like, its okay, you have that right but Greenville DOES have a leash law in some places for a reason and I didn't target the little poodle, I said BOTH should have been on leash. I'm not taking up for either dog, but what would you feel if that poodle would have attacked a chihuahua or something smaller or its size and the sam thing happened. Again, I'm sorry for the loss of this sweet dog, but it does go both ways. Too many people are getting angry over this ONLY because the word PIT was mentioned. All the ignorant comments start to flow. I have no comments about it being a Pit or not. Talking about Pit Bulls now on WITN is like beating a dead horse.
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