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Dog lovers in Midwood say a pack of stray pit bulls have killed one pooch and viciously mauled another in Midwood — yet teams of city Animal Care and Control specialists can’t seem to track the two hellish hounds down.

Rescue unit members have been unable to locate the apparently ownerless canines — witnesses to the attacks say one of the dogs is a solid tan color, the other striped — despite scouring the Long Island Rail Road tracks near Brooklyn College and following up on tips from alarmed neighbors, a city spokesman said.

“We have been to the area several times, but we haven’t seen [them],” city spokesman Richard Gentles said. “We are going to continue to monitor the situation.”

The city has received six complaints about the dogs since April. Cops were also alerted, but police say the four-legged assailants are the responsibility of animal rescuers.

“We’re not going to be driving around looking for dogs,” said an NYPD spokesman. “If there’s a dog out there that may injure someone, then we’ll try and have Animal Care and Control pick it up.”

That’s little comfort to Natalie Reis, who says her tail-wagger Rosie was jumped by the hounds as she walked the small King Charles Cavalier along Ocean Avenue between Avenues H and I just before the holidays. Reis said the growling dogs emerged from under a fence lining an empty lot. One of them, she claims, grabbed Rosie by the ear and swung her around until her beloved pet fell unconscious.

“She looked like some sort of stuffed doll!” said Reis, who had to have Rosie put down after the assault left her comatose.

Another resident says the rampaging dogs attacked her cockapoo, Bunbury, on two separate occasions since March, biting and bloodying the dog badly enough to give it an infection.

Fortunately Bunbury survived the assaults — after its 79-year-old owner spent more than $500 in veterinarian fees. Now, the senior, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says she carries a cane around with her to protect both herself and her four-legged friend from future dog attacks.

“What’s to stop these animals from mistaking a child for a dog?” she asked.

Experts say pit bulls, which some breed for dog fighting, are not inherently dangerous, but their loyalty and toughness make them particularly susceptible to cruel owners who can raise them to be vicious.

“Anything with teeth can be dangerous,” said Kristen Collins, who works to rehabilitate dogs seized from fighting operations with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “But pit bulls are very strong dogs — they’re agile and muscular and they can be very tenacious. Because of what we’ve made them do, they can be more readily aggressive to other dogs sometimes.”

Collins said that if the two dogs being sought are indeed pit bulls, they are probably not used for dog fighting, even though she noted dog fighting is prevalent in Brooklyn.

“It’s highly unlikely a dog fighter would let a dog go, because the dogs are an investment,” she said.

Residents say they will continue to fret over the safety of their dogs — and themselves — until the two terrors are caught.

“It’s very difficult to get the memory [of our dogs being attacked] out of our minds,” said Reis. “It’s a nightmare we can’t forget.”

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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Stefan from Midwood says:
Greg T Has Spoken Again by Greg T

"Dance like a butterfly and stings like a bee."

Hey Brooklyn what’s up? Did you hear that there are two stray pit-bulls in the Midwood area of our borough that are going about and making pita bread out of sweet little dogs named Rosy or Pinky? Scary Indeed! I wonder if this could be called dog homicide. Whoever raised those two pit-bulls is despicable. This also makes me wonder what has come to our time. Do we all now have to consider raising and petting pit-bulls to protect ourselves from other stray pit-bulls? These Pit-bulls are somewhat of phantom like too, because they are not seen so often. They seem to appear almost from thin air. It’s a mystery and we need to call superman. And I wonder where do they live?...

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Jan. 18, 2012, 12:05 am
Rick from Midwood says:
My dog was attacked by these same dogs, cost me $900.00 at Midwood Vets. These dogs are not strays. Some real idiot owns these dogs on the street behind the vacant lot. The dogs should be taken from him and he should be put in jail.
When my dog was attacked I called 911. Several other people called 911 and 311. It took an hour and a half for the police to respond. By the time they arrived the dogs had vanished.
Anyone who says that this is not a police matter is wrong. These dogs are a danger to the community. The fact that they are still running loose is because the police department has been non-responsive. The day that they maim or kill a child will be the day that Bloomberg and Ray Kelley sound as despicable as an Italian cruise ship captain.
Jan. 21, 2012, 2:57 pm
Eli Rosenberg from Brooklyn Daily says:
Rick — can you give me a call? I'd like to add your account to the story. (718) 260-2531

- Eli

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg
Jan. 25, 2012, 1:25 pm

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