MARION, IL (KFVS) - A Marion neighborhood is on edge after a dog violently attacks another dog.
It happened on Friday night at the corner of South Madison and East Everett. That's when the owner of Little 'D', Janice Nicholls, says her dog was attacked by the neighbor's pit bull.
"I heard all this commotion in the backyard. And I had just put Little 'D' outside on his chain," said Nicholls. "I walk outside and I see this big pit bull straddled my dog chomping on him like a piece of meat."
Nicholls says she struggled to free her dog from the pit bulls mouth.
"I got him away once and the dog grabbed him again," Nicholls said.
The owner of the pit bull named Tick says he did get out of their house on Friday night when their daughter was taking one of the other dogs for a walk.
"My daughter told me she did have a hold of his collar. And he was trying to play with another dog that was chained up," said Eroica Sansone. "And the owner of the other dog came out and kind of scared her. She was swinging a hose at our dog Tick. Tick started growling and everything, Annie let go and ran home. He did bite the dog and hurt it."
Nicholls admits to using her garden hose to hit Tick to try to get him to let go of her dog.
"I went back for Little 'D' again and wrapped his cable around my hand and headed for the steps by the backdoor. I started up the steps and the dog lunged at us again. My dog's collar broke and the pit bull took off with my dog around the corner of my house. I called 911," said Nicholls.
Tick's owners say they've had him for more than a year and haven't had any problems.
"We have three other dogs and various ages of children. He has always been a dream boat. He's a big puppy, he thinks he's one of the small dogs. But we've never had any problems with any of our children or any of the other animals," Sansone said.
Nicholls says a Marion police officer had to use his weapon to put her dog out of his misery.
Tick is being held at the Marion Animal Control Shelter for ten days. Then, he could be given back to his family.
Some of the people living in the neighborhood say that's got them worried, if the dog comes back home.
"One of my concerns with the dog is that we have seen it running loose before," said Devan Christopher. "And with this occurrence is that I have a sixteen week old little baby boy and we walk around the neighborhood. It very easily could've been my child or someone else's child that the dog went after."
The investigation into what happen is ongoing.