Former Nicholasville mayor's dog killed in attack

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A former Nicholasville mayor is grieving the loss of his dog after he says a pit bull attacked his collie off Cherrybrook Drive Thursday afternoon.

Animal control officials are still looking for the owner and dog involved.

"I didn't see it cause I was looking down at Chelsea," said former Nicholasville Mayor John Martin.

Martin says an unleashed pit bull attacked his border collie, Chelsea, as they started their afternoon stroll.

"[The pit bull was] tearing at Chelsea's stomach. We just got her to the vet as fast as we could," said Martin.

Chelsea wouldn't make it.

The Martin family spent Friday remembering their dog, who joined the family at a special time.

"We got her right after our house became an empty nest. So it will be 14 years in June," said Martin.

Empty-nesters once again, the Martins are distraught at the incident.

Not only at the vicious attack, but also at how the pit bull's owner allegedly responded.

Martin says someone quickly pulled up to the scene, scooped the dog up, and left with just a few words.

"'See what you've done now,' or something like that. 'You know you're going to be put down,'" Martin recalled.

When asked if the pit bull's owner offered to help his injured dog, or apologized before leaving the scene, Martin replied, "No. They just left."

Martin and his neighbor were bitten in various places while trying to tear the dogs apart. "It was a tough dog, you couldn't get it's jaw apart."

Without vaccination information from the pit bull's owner, they both face a string of rabies shots which are needed no later than 72 hours from the time of a bite.

Witnesses say they believe the pit bull's owner drove a gold sedan. Anyone with information is asked to call Jessamine County Animal Control at (859) 885-4836.

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