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Woman lost dog in attack; Weighs in on Pit bull debate

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Fri, January 10 2014 at 11:16 PM, Updated: Thu, January 16 2014 at 11:30 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Nada Stahmer remembers how a beautiful day in Ashland turned horrific when a leashed Pit bull lunged and killed her Chihuahua, Oreo. "As I was lifting him up this Pit bull came out of no where and just grabbed him out of my hands and by the stomach and just like thrashed him to the ground and kept him in his mouth," said Stahmer.

She said that moment forever changed the way she interacts with dogs "I'im just so thankful that it wasn't my kids today. I'm just so weary when I walk downtown or anywhere and see dogs because I'm just afraid."

The Medford Police Department is also trying to make changes. The Medford Police Chief came before the City Council Thursday with suggested rules and restrictions. Even the idea of an outright Pit bull ban.

They say in just the last three years there have been 11 fatal animal dog vs another animal bites in Medford, eight of them from Pit bulls.

But Pit bull owner Tyler Woodard said a ban is simply unfair and regulations go too far "I don't think a ban on the breed is the proper solution."

He says it's bad owners who need held responsible "I think more stricter penalties on owners who aren't controlling their dogs or training them to be violent and aggressive."

For Stahmer penalties do nothing to bring back Oreo. She said something needs to be done before a dog acts dangerously to protect people and their pets "It had an owner, it was right there, we had walked by the same dog multiple times and he never growled. He didn't even act mean whatsoever. I didn't even think twice."

Other options besides a full on ban includes posting warning signs and requiring muzzles in public.

The proposal is now being passed on to the police advisory commission. Public input will be allowed within the next few weeks.

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

She loves food, music and the San Francisco Giants. She lives by the slogan “viva la vida!”

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