ALLEN –– A family in Allen is grieving the loss of two beloved family pets that were mauled by dogs that gnawed and scratched their way into the backyard.
Barbara Reed came home and saw the damage. "My first thought was oh my God, a car hit my fence," said Reed.
Reed went into the backyard and found Takota and Cinnamon, clinging to life. Her daughter Megan's dog Teddy had puncture wounds.
"There was just so much blood around her," said Reed. "I didn't know what to do."
Takoda and Cinnamon died at the vet. Only Teddy survived.
"We don't know how long they were lying there," said Megan Reed. "Coda's trachea was crushed. So they couldn't do anything for him."
After the attack, Allen Animal Control picked up two pit bulls nearby. But those dogs were returned to their owners.
"We examined the dogs, there was nothing we found that would indicate they were involved in the attack," said Sgt. Jon Felty, an Allen Police Department spokesman.
The Reeds aren't convinced. "I wish that there was more that they could do," said Megan Reed. "These dogs seem to be the dogs that did it. Why can't they do more?"
The Reeds are warning their neighbors. They put up a sign in their front yard and they're passing out flyers with details about the attacks.
"I just don't want this to happen to anybody else," she said.