The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a dog that attacked and killed another dog in Crossroads on March 19. The attack occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the area of Bluegrass Loop and Crater Way in Crossroads.

According to DCSO, an investigation determined a family living near the intersection had been preparing to leave their residence and were going to tether their 12-year-old female Chihuahua/Beagle named Lexi outside. Lexi escaped and ran off towards the intersection to Bluegrass Loop and Crater Way. A short time later, the family heard what they described as a “dog fight” and ran towards the sound.

The family observed what they described as an all-black medium-sized mixed breed dog wearing a red/multicolored collar attacking Lexi.

"They were able to scare the large dog away, but found their dog had been mortally injured," Sgt. William Bailey of DCSO told The Nugget.

The family scared off the black dog and retrieved Lexi who had received significant The family took Lexi to a Sisters area veterinarian where they had to euthanize her because of her injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office also responded to a dog attack incident on March 4 near the same intersection. It was reported then that an “all black” dog attacked and injured another dog being walked by its owner. A deputy responded to the area, but the attacking dog was never located. The dog that was attacked received non-life threatening injuries in the incident.

"The safety of those in our community is a top priority and we would like to locate the black dog and its owner," Bailey said. "The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about either of these incidents to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak with a deputy."

It is not clear exactly what will be done about the offending dog when the Sheriff's Office locates it. A dog-at-large citation is possible, Bailey said.

"There is some potential liability from a civil standpoint for a dog attacking another dog," Sgt. Bailey told The Nugget.