Bill O'Kelly of Golden Valley was doing some remodeling on his home on Houck Road when a neighbor's pit bull charged through the open door late one evening and killed the family cat.
"It was at 9:30 at night and I was working on the patio with the door open," O'Kelly said. "A brown pit bull came chasing our cat into the house and attacked and killed our cat."
As the dog mauled the cat, O'Kelly jumped to action.
"I punched the pit bull until it let go. I punched it so hard, I re-injured my shoulder," he said, indicating the sling he wore on his right arm. "The dog ran out, and my wife and I sat up until 2 a.m., when our cat died from the injuries the dog caused. We buried him at 5 that morning."
Then, he and his wife, Jan, called Animal Control in Kingman. A representative there told him to talk to the dog's owners first to ask them to keep the dog fenced or tied, and then to call them back.
In the meanwhile, the Animal Control representative said they would send someone to try to talk to the dog's owner about the situation, O'Kelly said.
"That dog runs the neighborhood with another dog, a black dog," he said. "Other neighbors have had cats turn up missing. I know it was those dogs."
O'Kelly went to the residence about a block away where the dog was known to reside and attempted to contact the owners, but no one was home.
"Animal Control said they didn't find anyone home, either," he said. "So they left a note on the door."
Since then, O'Kelly hasn't seen the pit bull. The breed also is known as the bull terrier, which has a reputation for being aggressive and sometimes violent.
"I'm not anti-pit bulls," he said. "But what if that had been a child or an old or disabled person? Pit bulls have been known to attack joggers and even their owners.
"Regardless, no vicious dogs should be tolerated. I don't know what has happened to the dog, but I hope they've done something to keep it away from people and other animals."
A call to Animal Control netted the following information: Those with complaints about neighbors' dogs should first contact the dog owners. If the situation doesn't improve or worsens, Animal Control has traps available to apprehend the offending animals.