A family in Tamaqua is asking for help to pay for rising medical expenses after Pupperoni, their mini-dachshund, was attacked by their neighbor’s two pit bulls Sunday morning. The incident occurred shortly after 10 AM in the open backyards of 71 and 73 Hunter Street. According to an online news report in the Times News newspaper, Brock Harding, the owner of Pupperoni, of 73 Hunter Street, and others tried to separate the animals, but were unsuccessful. At that point, he fired three shots from his handgun, killing one of the pit bulls. The pit bulls belonged to Andrew Harper of 71 Hunter Street.
Pupperoni remains in serious condition and veterinary bills continue to rise.
The investigation is continuing with the help of the Schuylkill County dog warden.
An online fundraiser via YouCaring.org was created to help pay for Pupperoni’s medical expenses. The link to the fundraiser is https://www.youcaring.com/pupperoni-the-mini-dachshund-fur-baby-of-shanna-poindexter-457336.
The YouCaring.org fundraiser page reads:
“Today, October 25, 2015 my mini-dachshund, Pupperoni; was viciously attacked in our backyard by my neighbor’s 2 large pit bulls.
We let our two dogs out in the yard at around 10:15am to use the bathroom. As we were coming in our neighbor let their 2 pit bulls out, at which time they charged and chased Pupperoni under the wooden steps at the bottom of our deck. He tried to crawl under the steps to get away from them, but one of them came around the front of the steps and snatched him through the gap. The 2 pit bulls drug him across the lawn as their owner and my boyfriend attempted to free him. Sadly they were unable to free him from their grasp. My boyfriend’s son ran down and began punching the one pit bull in the head, at which time the second pit bull ran back up onto their porch next door. Meanwhile, my boyfriend warned the woman to control her dogs and then ran inside to retrieve a handgun. As he returned outside with the gun, his son managed to hit the pit bull enough to cause the pit bull to release Pupperoni. I ran over and grabbed his bloodied, lifeless body from the dirt. As I stood up, trying to get Pupperoni out of the reach of the pit bull, it ran around behind me and then jumped up and grabbed Pupperoni’s hide leg and almost pulled him right out of my hands.”