CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A pack of dangerous dogs continue to run loose, terrorizing a community in Monroe County. This time, they allegedly attacked and killed yet another pet in Sun Valley. Neighbors fear for their safety and want to know why authorities haven’t removed the dogs from their owner’s care.
Pennsylvania State Police say because of the number of incidents involving these dogs, they transferred the case to the state dog warden. Eyewitness News reached out to the state dog warden, who says he cannot comment on the investigation.
Beata Parzych describes the moment three dogs came on her property Tuesday, attacking and killing her chihuahua, Bella. Beata’s elderly mother and husband were also outside, but managed to run in the house.
“Those dogs were nasty, they were looking for blood. He [my husband] grabbed a shotgun but they [the dogs] already backed up and were in the woods,” she says.
Four months ago, Eyewitness News spoke with Stephanie Schwager, who said her beloved Bentley was also killed by the same three dogs. She took the case to court and is disappointed this situation still isn’t solved.
Schwager says, “it just brings back so much for me. You know, like I’m re-living it again.”
Bella and Bentley aren’t the only victims. Neighbors say other pets and people have been attacked.
One home surveillance system even captured the dogs on video the day they killed a cat and her five kittens.
Neighbors in Sun Valley are afraid to be outside.
“My children are constantly in the house right now and I only walk my dogs right outside my door,” says Brandee Conklin.
In December, Eyewitness News visited the accused dog owner Mary Jo Dredger’s house, where we noticed the three dogs described by neighbors in a window. Dredger refused to speak with us, but her daughter said they aren’t to blame.
“My mom says she gave away a whole bunch of puppies in the valley, at least 30-40 dogs. A lot of people have the same looking dogs,” Heather Mihalichko said during our interview in December.
Months later, the attacks continue, and neighbors continue demanding the dogs be removed from their community.
“Whose going to be the next, a child?” Parzych questions.
Pennsylvania law says a dog cannot be removed from its owners unless the courts deem that dog dangerous and it attacks again. That means a dog can attack multiple times in one day, but the case must first go through the court system before anything is done.
Only one of Dredger’s three dogs is currently deemed dangerous.
According to court documents, since last May, Dredger has been cited ten times for dog violations. She pleaded guilty and paid fines. Dredger is due back in court next Tuesday for the latest charge.