Chihuahua survives 2 pit bull attacks

Loomis rescuer seeks donations to help pay Bear’s vet bills
By: Amy Lobenberg, Journal Staff Writer
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Jenny Small was at a friend’s house on Oct. 11 when she saw a small black creature  running along Church Street in Roseville. Fearing for the tiny dog’s life, Small was able to capture the wayward animal and reunite it with its owners, who happened to be neighbors of Small’s friends.

On Oct. 19, Small heard from her friends that Bear, a Chihuahua mix, had been attacked by two pit bulls that lived with him. According to her neighbors, Bear was OK and had been taken to the vet. Then, on Oct. 22, Small heard of a second attack and decided to check up on the small dog.

Upon seeing Bear’s condition, she asked his owners if she could take over care for the animal; they agreed. According to Small, bear was taken to South Auburn Veterinary Hospital barely breathing and gasping for air.

“I rushed him to the vet and they gave him CPR,” Small said. “He had bites all over him and was severely dehydrated.”

Now, a week later, Bear has made a full recovery and will be neutered and released to Small for adoption on Thursday, said South Auburn Veterinary Hospital manager Shannon Brady.

“He had a lot of superficial abrasions, bite wounds and tons of swelling,” Brady said. “It took almost a week for the swelling to go down. Now that he is better, he seems like he will be a really healthy dog”

According to Brady, Bear’s bills will total between $1,000 and $1,500. Small has already paid $200 and was given a $200 donation from Red Rover ( and $100 from Welfare of Our Furry Friends ( She is asking for the public’s help to help her raise the rest of the money to pay Bear’s bill.

However, regardless of payments, Bear will be reunited with his rescuer on Thursday. He’s more than eager to get out of his cage, according to Small.

Small has another Chihuahua, Jake and, according to Small, the two get along well. She is grateful for the care and attentiveness that South Auburn Veterinary Hospital was able to provide for Bear. Small does not fault the two pit bulls for the attack and believes that Bear’s injuries were due to negligence on the part of his previous owners.

To donate to Bear’s veterinary bills, call South Auburn Veterinary Hospital at (530) 823-6310.