Neighbors concerned about aggresive dog

Posted at 12:57 AM, May 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-01 03:57:21-04

This past week a neighbor's surveillance caught the dog darting across their yard and attacking their cat.

Those neighbors are now saying they have done all they can to help the owner help the dog, but it's not the dog that should be at fault.

“It's not the dog; it's not the dog. But when you have a human that is training a dog to be that way, it's going to cause bigger issues,” said April Bonvillain.

Now as the owner, Melanie Farreli, says the progress she has been able to make since taking ownership is a complete turnaround from how he was for the previous owner.

“When she had him, she couldn't even walk him. I mean he wouldn't even be on a leash, he would take off. I taught him how to be on a leash, walk with me, in one week,” said Farreli.

Leaving Farreli confused about his problem with cats.

“I don't know if it's because he's got the taste of the blood, I really don't know. I'm trying to figure it out.

But Bonvillain says she grew up in a town where dog fighting was just something that happened and that this is a sign of the lack of care the dog used to have, hoping Farreli would be able to help him.

“Pit training that's what they do normally, is use small animals, cats, to train them how to fight,” said Bonvillain.

Farreli says she is doing her best and has scheduled the dog for obedience classes on Monday, hoping it will make a difference.

“Every time I'm on a walk I save a cat. I do everything in my power to hold him as tight as I can and not let go. That night it just happened,” said Farreli. “He just don't like cats. I don't think he'll ever. Even before I had him, he killed cats.”

Meanwhile neighbors have contacted animal control and police after each incident and are hoping things do not escalate any further.