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Wilkes-Barre Dog Attack Leaves Poodle Dead, Family Searching For Answers

March 19, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — A South Wilkes-Barre man is searching for the people responsible after two dogs attacked and killed one of his dogs, and wounded another, Sunday morning. The owner of the attacking dogs at first promised to exchange information with the victim, James Serafini, but then drove off without looking back, according to Serafini’s daughter, Dionne Fisher. Serafini, 73, was walking his toy poodle, Chloe, and his boxer, Ziva, at about 8 a.m. Sunday in Miner Park, near his home. Suddenly, two German shepherds charged at them and attacked Serafini’s two dogs, which were leashed, according to Fisher. “The dogs came at him out of nowhere,” said Fisher, who spoke on behalf of her father, who was unharmed physically. She gave the following account of what happened: Serafini tried to fend off the attack by retreating to the playground at nearby Kistler Elementary School and attempting to keep his dogs and the attacking dogs separated by a fence. But the attack was relentless. The German shepherds killed Chloe, the poodle, and dragged her body into Miner Park. They also bit Ziva, the boxer, though she survived her wounds. After the attack, a man walked over from the parking lot of Miner Park to collect the German shepherds. He told Serafini he would put the dogs in his sport utility vehicle, then return. He said “Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.” But after putting the dogs in his vehicle, the man drove off. Two people who appeared to be part of the same group drove off in a separate SUV. That left Serafini to collect Chloe’s body and seek care for Ziva. He also called the police, who said they would contact animal control officials, Fisher said. Ziva was home Sunday afternoon and expected to recover after being treated for bites to her legs, according to Fisher. The family wants to find the people responsible for the attack to prevent it from happening again, Fisher said. “God forbid a child was walking through there,” she said. Fisher said her father described the man who collected the attacking dogs as a white male, about 60 years old, who walked with a limp. The people who were with him appeared to be a man and a woman, both adults but younger than the limping man. The vehicles involved were older-model SUVs, according to Fisher. One was dark green or dark blue, possibly a Chevrolet or GMC, while the other was burgundy or brown, possibly a Ford Explorer, she said. Luzerne County Dog Warden Jim Spencer did not return a message seeking comment on Sunday. Contact the writer: emark@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2117