PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A St. Johns County woman is grief-stricken, and seeking justice for her dog, after two pit bulls bit her dog to death.
Kathy Doolittle has waterfront property in Ponte Vedra Beach but has been a prisoner in her own home, and hasn't been able to step foot on the beach since that attack about a month ago.
"You watched your child get murdered while you held it in your arms and that is what plays in my head every day of my life," said Janice "Kathy" Doolittle.
Doolittle is still emotionally broken, since that gruesome attack on July 19.
She's spent each day grieving the death of her 8-year-old pomeranian.
Having never had children of her own, Doolittle tells Action News she considered Cassidy her baby.
''This was her little blanket she always put it in her bed at night and she would just snuggle up in it. The hardest thing for me is I haven't been able to sleep since," she said.
Doolittle says, for years, neighbors feared taking their pets to the beach when Sunshine and Bosco were around, because the two pit bulls had a history of violent attacks. Action News dug up at least seven reported attacks involving those dogs. Several happened even after St. Johns County deemed the two dogs dangerous in July of 2012.
"The deputies would come out, or the sheriff, we'd been calling animal control and all of that, and that did no good," said Doolittle.
The dogs' owners, Julie and Frank Shumer, were cited several times for letting their dogs roam the beach without a leash or muzzle, and this last time it got little Cassidy killed.
"They were ripping her in two and there was nothing you could do to get them off," she remembered.
Shumer wrote in a statement that he strangled his own dog, trying to pry it off of Doolittle. The other pit bull was later put to sleep.
Doolittle suffered severe bites on the head, hands and legs and even broke a finger. She tells Action News she's traumatized and is now seeking legal action against the Shumers. We went to their house with some questions of our own, but no one came to the door.
Still, Doolittle says she won't stop until they take responsibility for their actions.
"I also want to make sure that people aren't apathetic when they see dogs off leashes, that they take this seriously," she said.
When Doolittle does finally make it back down to the beach, at least the first thing she will see is a picture of Cassidy and the memorial she set up to remember her by.
The State Attorney's Office is investigating this incident and is seeking felony charges.