Two large dogs out of their yard face a smaller dog that's also not on a leash. The scene that followed left a neighborhood on edge. It's an exclusive Fact Finders investigation.
Two German Shepherds were kenneled Thursday night but Ron Fergeson saw them loose Wednesday.
Fergeson said, "The cream-chested German Shepherd there was the one that had its face and mouth of their Schnauzer."
Baxter, a beloved pet belonging to the Nate Arnold family, was so severely injured the Schnauzer had to be euthanized. Nate said, "He ripped my dog in half."
Nate's in-laws let Baxter out un-tethered and one of the bigger dogs mauled the Schnauzer in an easement area between Nate Arnold’s home and acreage belonging to the German Sheperd's owner, who doesn't want his face shown.
Lionel Mora said, “The dogs are not vicious. Their dog got out. My dog got out and they met in the middle and my dog is bigger. That's what happened."
The eyewitness sees it differently.
Ron Fergeson said, ”I don't know what his definition of vicious is. But when you have a dog eviscerated and killed by his dog, I’m not going to pet it."
After the bloody big dog on little dog attack, the neighborhood website has been flooded with email from neighbors concerned the next attack could involve a child.
Nate says his son won't go out alone and the other family pet - only on a leash.
The owner of the dead Schnauzer says of the neighbor's German Sheperd, "If that dog come in my yard and tries attacking me or my family, it's going to be dealt with."
The owner of the German Sheperd says his dogs won't be a threat to man or animal. Mora said, “They are going to be supervised better. Don't want any problems with the neighbors. That's the last thing I want."
The Nebraska Humane Society tells Fact Finders the owner of the German Shepherd has been cited for improper restraint and harboring a dangerous animal. The dog was not seized because the Humane Society has no record of past incidents, but the owner is ordered to keep it restrained.
A judge will eventually decide the dog's fate.