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Local family wants justice after dog's death

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A neighborhood is on edge and a Scottsbluff family is trying to seek answers after their dog was mauled to death by a pit bull.  

After their one-year old Maltese dog was attacked and killed last week Marilyn Thomas and her family want what they're calling 'Justice for Sissy'.

"His dog gets to roam free and still be alive and mine is gone." Said Dawn Clark-Thomas, owner of deceased dog and daughter of Thomas.

"Not all dogs are going to go for a dog's neck and throat and kill a dog like that." Said Thomas explaining what happened.

Thomas says she had let six of the family's dogs out in their fenced yard. Minutes later, she saw what appeared to be a black pit bull jump the four-foot fence.

Thomas says the pit bull knocked her down and chased after her dogs.

"I ran out, yelling for help. Asking for people to help me find her." Said Thomas referring to Sissy.

A neighbor found the dead Maltese near his yard and then police were called.

Marilyn Thomas' daughter, Dawn, is unable to have children of her own and says Sissy was like her daughter.

"I just want another baby puppy, so it gives me a sense of being a mom again. He took that away from me." Said Clark-Thomas.

The family says the owner of the pit bull was not home at the time.

Scottsbluff Police say they are still investigating the incident and have been told the pit bull's owner is still out of town.

Clark-Thomas says this isn't the first time the dog has run loose.

"Nobody wants to let their dog outside because they're afraid that he's going to come back." She said.

The family says they are looking to start a petition to have the dog either locked up or perhaps put to sleep.

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