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Pit bull kills Ottawa boy's pet dog

A vicious attack from an unmuzzled pit bull has killed an Ottawa boy's much smaller dog, prompting city officials to demand that the aggressive canine be put down.

A vicious attack from an unmuzzled pit bull has killed an Ottawa boy's much smaller dog, prompting city officials to demand that the aggressive canine be put down.

Jesse Lorange, 11, was left shaken after the loss of his pet, a three-year-old Shih Tzu he named Bailey.

Jesse was taking Bailey for a stroll after school on Wednesday when he encountered a woman also walking three dogs, including two pit bulls, just outside his apartment.

Suddenly, one pit bull broke free from its leash and attacked, going for Bailey's throat. The Shih Tzu was dead moments later in what witnesses say was an unprovoked attack.

The pit bull wasn't wearing a muzzle, in violation of provincial law.

Charlie Mayer, the father of the woman who owned the pit bull, said everyone was sorry about what happened, and that the dog had never behaved this violently before.

"In the past, it was very controllable," he said. "It's sad."

Neighbours said the incident was a scary reminder that dog owners need to be mindful of potentially violent pets.

"I think people have to pay attention to their dogs and the law," said Felipe Clavijo, a dog owner. "What can I say? The dog was supposed to have a muzzle on it."

A judge will now decide whether the animal should be destroyed.

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