Los Altans searching for pet owner after their dog was killed near Lincoln Park Sunday

Heartbroken dog owners Martin and Shaye Chirotarrab seek help from the Los Altos Police Department and the community to find the owner of a dog that attacked their canine Sunday in Lincoln Park, causing injuries that resulted in the death of their pet the next day.

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Courtesy of the Chirotarrab Family
A still from private surveillance video footage shows a woman whose Chow Chow-retriever mix, also pictured, is suspected of killing the Chirotarrab family’s Yorkshire terrier, Mike, Feb. 16 in Lincoln Park. The Los Altos Police Department seeks information leading to the identity of the woman.

Shaye said she was walking the couple's two Yorkshire terriers, Mike and Attia, at approximately 2:10 p.m. Feb. 16 at the park when the attack occurred. An orange Chow Chow-retriever mix weighing an estimated 60 pounds clamped down on 12-year-old Mike's stomach, damaging his pancreas and intestines, Shaye said. The Chow Chow was on leash but took off from the woman holding it; Shaye said its presumed owner was speaking on the phone and wheeling herself around the park on a knee scooter when she lost control of the dog.

Both Chirotarrabs told the Town Crier and their neighbors on Nextdoor that the woman did stop and offer to help in any way she could, but as Mike was rushed to an emergency facility, “no one thought to exchange contact information at the time.”

Mike was in surgery four hours and did not survive, the Chirotarrabs said. Staff at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos and SAGE Veterinary Center in Redwood City, both of whom cared for the Yorkie, are curious about the chow's vaccination status.

Sgt. Brian Jeffrey of the Los Altos Police Department told the Town Crier that a joint investigation between his department and Palo Alto Animal Services is underway. Anyone with information on the dog owner or neighbors who might have video footage or imagery are being encouraged to call Palo Alto Animal Services’ tip line at 838-2807.

More coverage will appear in next week's issue of the Town Crier.

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