Plea rejected in case where pit bull attacked and killed family's dachshund on scooter

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Englewood City Attorney has rejected a plea from the owners of a pit bull accused of a killing a dachshund riding on women's motorized scooter.

Eileen Trujillo, 63, told 7NEWS that she and her husband, Johnny, were taking their 10-year-old dachshund, Sebastian, for a walk on a leash May 16 when they decided to enter a 7-Eleven store nearby to get the dog a treat. 

"It was his favorite thing to do," said Trujillo. "He would walk for a couple of blocks and then get tired and ride on the scooter by my legs."

While they were in the convenience store, Trujillo said the clerk was complaining that a pit bull was wandering around outside the 7-Eleven and that calls to Animal Control proved fruitless as the agency claimed no one could pick up the dog until Monday.

Trujillo said Sebastian climbed up onto the floor board of her scooter as she exited the store and that's when the pit bull raced up and pulled the dachshund off and attacked it.

"He had him by the throat and was shaking him," said Johnny Trujillo. "A bunch of us were hitting and kicking him, but we couldn't get him to stop."

Sebastian died.

"I kept calling, 'Come here, my baby. Come here, Sebastian.' But he was already gone," said Eileen Trujillo. "He did not deserve to die like that."

The pit bull did not have a collar or tags on, officers said. 

The owner, a 28-year-old woman, told officers her dog had escaped and it was not aggressive towards people, only other dogs.

7NEWS has confirmed that the pit bull's owner, Cara Stan, was cited for her dog not having a tag or collar or proof of vaccination, running at large and dangerous behavior.

After the owner proving the dog had up-to-date vaccinations and after the dog served a 10-day bite quarantined, the dog was released to Stan.

This week, Stan and the other dog's owner appeared in Englewood Municipal Court for a pre-trial conference.

Englewood officials said the owners offered a plea of no-contest, but it was denied by the city attorney.

"The city attorney made it clear to the owners of the dog; the City of Englewood would only accept a guilty plea," officials said.

Another pre-trial conference was scheduled for next month.

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