Dog attack investigation in Flagler County

- A six-pound Bichon was attacked in Plantation Bay in Ormond Beach by two large dogs, authorities say.  

Harley the dog is back home now, recovering.  His owners, John and Janet Shafner, are really upset. 

"He has some pretty good gashes, no broken bones, thank God. They took him into surgery and stitched him up."

Harley spent the night in the hospital. John took Harley on an evening walk in the new section of Plantation Bay, when he  says two, large pit bulls came running up to them. 

"They got a hold of him and pulled him right out of his harness, I had his harness and leash still in my hand. I'm on my back now and I see him going flying through the air. They were shaking him, threw him through the air."

John managed to grab Harley from the dog's mouth.  The other dogs' owner finally got the unleashed dogs under control and took them home. 

John and Janet rushed Harley to the veterinarian.  Harley has puncture wounds and stitches and needs to wear a cone for a few weeks. John has scrapes and bruises from the fall

They're very upset the owner of the dogs did not stick around and did not have them on a leash.

"I think all dogs should be on a leash. its' a law. it's a city law."

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office is now looking for the dogs' owner.  Harley's owners are looking at a $2,000 vet bill. They said they had to cancel a vacation they were scheduled to leave for Thursday.

The Shafners say they have no problem with pit bulls, they have a problem with people not controlling their dogs by keeping them on leashes.
 

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