A Bloomfield man is mourning the loss of his best friend after he said three dogs killed his Beagle on Wednesday morning.
Drew Walter and his two dogs were out in his yard on Lincoln Terrace around 11 a.m. when police said three pit bulls attacked the dogs.
His Beagle Erin was killed during the attack.
"They are our children because we don't have kids, so the Beagles are our children," Walter said.
On Wednesday morning, he said he heard his other dog Daisy howling, so he walked outside to see what was going on.
“I see three pit bulls in that brush there just past the wood pile," Walter said.
He chased the dogs away but then he looked over and saw Erin, and his heart sank.
"I knew she wasn't alive as soon as I saw her," Walter said.
An animal control officer tracked down all three pit bulls, who are now in quarantine.
Police say the dogs' owner Imartha Johnson, who lives near Walter, has been cited before because two of her dogs were found roaming several times.
"It's one of those fears you have in the back of your head, and you hope it never happens. The absolute worst case happened," Walter said.
Walter also told Eyewitness News that two of the dogs were not current on their vaccinations.
Police said they are still trying to determine that owner. Anyone with any information about the attack is asked to call the Bloomfield Police Department at 860-242-5501.
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