Pit bulls enter neighbor’s home through doggie door -- again


by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News


Posted on August 29, 2012 at 3:52 PM

HOUSTON – For the second time in three weeks, a Deer Park family has been victimized by a canine home invasion.

The latest case happened Monday night in Deer Park. Darlene Trahan says she was cooking dinner with her 4-year-old grandson at her side when she heard a sound at the back door. Upon investigating, she says she found one of her neighbor’s pit bulls in her utility room.

It had come in through the doggie door.

"He was growling," said Trahan. "I shut the door and went back in the kitchen. I wasn’t going to deal with it."

The first time it happened, the couple’s 11-year-old dachshund was attacked and required more than $1,000 in vet care.

The Trahans want something done about their neighbor’s pit bulls.

"The city says they can’t do nothing about it," said Mike Trahan. "Bureaucratic bull crap I guess."

Deer Park’s City Manager says the owner, Jason Colvin, has been fined $150. The city also deemed one of his dogs dangerous, requiring it to be restrained or in a secured enclosure. Colvin must now carry $100,000 in liability insurance.

After the first incident, Colvin defended his pets.

"They’re people dogs," said Colvin. "They’re friendly. "They’re going to go into your house."

Mike Trahan says if the pit bulls go into his house again, they’ll be dead dogs.