Owners of dog accused of killing yorkie on Chicks Beach charged

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A Virginia Beach couple has been charged after their one-year old pit bull mix attacked and killed a six pound yorkie named Stoley on Chicks Beach.

32-year-old Kristen Dowdy's heart was broken over the loss of her little companion.

On Friday, Virginia Beach Animal Control spokesperson Wayne Gilbert says the community took action to call Crime Solvers with information that led them to 51-year-old Stephen Chambers and 49-year-old Tracey Sordi as well as their one-year-old pit bull mix, named Polly.

Polly is now being held at Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Kristen's mom Kathy was the one walking Stoley the day it happened.

She says Polly wasn't on a leash when she grabbed Stoley from behind and wouldn't let go.

“I could only think this was a nightmare that i would wake up and this wasn't really happening 14:34:18 she says Polly's owner was too far down the beach to do anything about it and left before police showed up,” says Dowdy.

Animal control officers say Chambers and Sordi will be in court on March 3rd.

At that time, a judge will hear evidence and decide what happens next.


Taking action to find the dog that killed Beach family’s Yorkie


    • Jamie Graves

      NOT all dogs are viscious. Sadly pit bulls are always the ones getting the heat when other dogs bite and go after animals, sadly we probably wont know what caused the dog to do what he did. I am glad they found the owners, they should of been more responsible with their dog, hate to see him put to sleep, maybe they can muzzle him when out or even have his teeth pulled .sorry to the lady who lost her dog..

  • JJ

    Thank goodness the owner responsible for letting his dog off leash, has been found & will face a judge. However, whether it was a Pitbull, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund or Chihuahua (ALL are on the 10 biters list) the blame is on the owner. Would’ve never happened otherwise. [BTW – the location is spelled Chic’s Beach…not Chicks Beach…just sayin’]

  • Dennis Baker

    3 People dead by dog attack in 2014.
    Pit bull type dogs killed 2 of them.
    One of the dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
    been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
    before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (1)
    Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. **

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (1):
    Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas.

    That’s 67% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs.
    Pit Bull type dogs are only about 5% of the entire dog population.

    89-year-old Annabell Martin **, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.
    33 People dead by dog attack in 2013.
    Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children.
    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):
    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX
    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX
    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.
    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.
    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.
    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.
    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.
    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.
    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.
    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.
    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.
    Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **
    Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA
    Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon
    Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas
    Jah’niyah White – 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):
    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC
    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA
    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.
    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.
    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.
    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.
    James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD
    chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls
    Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.
    Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD
    Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC
    Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.
    Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark
    Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico **

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.

    (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK

    (1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson – age 3 months, of Gibson, OH – mauled to death by family Shiba Inu.

    Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

    If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu.

    If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 5% of the entire dog population.

    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

    534 maimed by pit type dogs 2013 (as of November.28).

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