Neighbors cited after deadly dog attack in Hampton


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — If you’re a dog owner, you’ll understand the dispute between two neighbors in Hampton over the death of a Yorkie.

Shantray Miller says she hasn’t slept since her Yorkie named Strawberry was attacked. 

“Strawberry was one, she was very playful, a great addition to the family,” said Miller. “I can never get Strawberry back.”

Police say the small dog died from her injuries on Sunday. Her owners say the dog walked off their porch and was attacked by two of the neighbor’s dogs.

“My dog Strawberry, she was on the porch and she walked off the porch and she went to my neighbor’s gate. My neighbor’s chows broke out of the fence.” 

Miller says she was bit and her stepson was bit on his arm.

10 On Your Side reached out to police .They say the investigation revealed a woman, a boy and the Yorkshire terrier were bitten by two chow chow canines. Police say the terrier was taken to the vet, where the dog succumbed to its injuries. 

“Strawberry ended up passing that same day at 11 at night.”

Animal control officers say the two chow chow dogs were impounded. Both were taken to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, where they’ll remain on a court hold. 

Meanwhile, Miller was issued a summons by animal control for a dog at-large while attack.

According to Hampton law, if a dog is attacked on public property, like a sidewalk, both parties are at fault.

However, police have not released exactly where the attack happened, only to say on the 1400 block of Antoinette Circle.

“It’s a very bad situation on both parties, I can never get Strawberry back.”

Miller says what she wants is an apology from her neighbors. 

According to animal control, the owner of the two impounded canines has been charged with two counts of dangerous dog. 

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