Middletown woman recounts fatal attack on beloved pet during morning walk: “I tried to get the dogs out of my dogs, but I was outnumbered”


Losing their four-year-old miniature claw to a pack of three roaming dogs in the Middletown borough never crossed the Martins’ minds, but that is what happened to the couple on Friday morning.

Meagan took their two rescued miniature pincers, Mia and Jax, for their routine walk around the neighborhood when her dogs were bitten and sustained deep wounds. One of the three dogs at large was captured and the owner found.

Neither the owners nor the other two dogs have yet been located, according to Middletown Police.

“Before I had a chance to get my dogs back, the three dogs came over and immediately started attacking my dogs,” Meagan said. “I couldn’t reach them fast enough. I tried removing the dogs from my dogs, but I was outnumbered.

The Martins have lived in Middletown for three years. Meagan said it was pretty quiet until today.

“I started crying out for help and praying for someone to come and help me,” she said. “Two women immediately came to my aid and helped me. One of the women called 911 while I was trying to locate the nearest veterinary hospital.

The second woman drove Meagan to the Shores veterinary emergency center. Mia, who was rescued by the Martins in January 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, died in Meagan’s arms on the journey.

“It was very horrible,” she said. “I can’t even describe the shock and the emotion I felt.”

Jax, her other dog, six, was in Shores all day.

“He had a few major bites around his neck and upper back,” Meagan said. “We are grateful that he is still alive, but we are incredibly upset that we lost Mia. Mia was only four years old and still had many years to live. We tried to give her the best life and who knew walking my dogs on my own at 7am would get me here. I really want everyone to know how important it is to keep an eye on your pets; if they are outside make sure you that they are being kept on a leash, behind a secure fence, or that they are always taken care of by someone. There should be no reason for this to happen other than a terrible, tragic accident. “

Middletown Police reported that around 7:20 a.m. a group of three dogs, identified as pit bulls or pit bull mixes, attacked the two miniature pliers near Spruce Street and East High Street.

“Due to the extensive search by officers this morning, as well as the lack of sightings (none to be exact) from residents, Middletown Police believe the remaining dogs are no longer running free, although this cannot not be confirmed at that time, ”police said.

The department is investigating and asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two remaining dogs or their owners to contact the police at 717-558-6900.

“We are working with the police,” Meagan said. “All we want is our story to save someone and their pet and prevent this from happening”

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