LAYTON -- Cherie Bloom says the owners of two pit bulls that attacked her and her dog Monday are good people.
"They're very nice people, down-to-earth," she said. "They are very caring people."
The pit bull owners met with Bloom, her husband and her 11-year-old boxer, Chauncey, on Tuesday after they had gone to Davis Animal Care and Control.
"They came over and apologized for what happened, and I wholeheartedly thank them for that," Bloom said.
The owners opted to have the dogs euthanized, and the dogs' bodies have been taken to the state lab to be tested for rabies, said Clint Thacker, Davis animal control director.
Because the owners had no proof of a rabies vaccination for their dogs, it is the law to have the animals quarantined, and if they are put down, to have them tested.
The dogs' owners paid the euthanization fees.
"They have taken full responsibility for what happened," Thacker said.
Bloom said the dogs' owners told her they would pay for all her medical bills and her dog's veterinarian bills as well.
Bloom and her dog were walking Monday morning on Reid Street in Layton when the two pit bulls attacked them. Bloom and Chauncey suffered multiple bites before help came.
Joel Haro and Darlene Moroncini, who were on their way to work, saw the attack and pulled over to help about the same time Layton Police Officer Travis Rapp arrived.
Haro and Moroncini pulled the dogs off Bloom and Chauncey, and Rapp grabbed one of the pit bulls by the collar to prevent it from leaving before animal control officers arrived.
The dogs' owners had called the shelter late Monday afternoon asking if the shelter had two pit bulls, Thacker said. The staff member got the name of the person but did not get the information to Thacker on Monday.
The same person called Layton police Monday night after seeing news stories about the attack, Thacker said.
Thacker said he contacted the dogs' owners Tuesday, and they came to the shelter to discuss the options for their dogs.
"They were totally blindsided by what occurred," he said.
Thacker said the names of the dogs' owners are not going to be released because of concern for them.
The owners told Thacker they had raised the dogs since they were puppies, and the two had never shown any aggression to other animals at their home or when they took them for walks.
Thacker's office is asking the Layton City Attorney's Office to file the following misdemeanors in 2nd District Justice Court against the dogs' owners: two counts of animals at large, two counts of no proof of rabies shots, two counts of no licenses, two counts of animal attacking a person and two counts of animal attacking an animal.
The Layton City Attorney's Office is reviewing the case before filing formal charges.
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