In a note sent to 13News, the dog's owner, Terry Haddock wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that I need to tell you that my sweet Cody passed this morning due to internal injuries. Cody fought hard to live but his wounds and the trauma was more than he could overcome."
The attack happened in Haddock’s fenced-in back yard, on Lathan Road near South Military Highway and Curlew Drive.
Haddock had come home from work early to get things ready for her dad's 81st birthday, when she heard barking in the back yard.
"Two large dogs had a hold of my little sheltie dog, our little baby just tearing him to shreds,” explained Haddock.
Her dog Cody had a doggy door and usually hangs outside on warm days. The two dogs jumped over her chain-linked fence and started attacking the eight-year-old dog.
Haddock said the dogs "Would not let go, just dragging him like a rag doll.”
Haddock quickly jumped into action, grabbing a broom and screaming at the top of her lungs.
"They looked at me and thought about it for a minute and that is what concerned me," Haddock said. "I thought they might even leap towards me."
Eventually the two dogs jumped back over the fence leaving Cody bloody and injured.
Haddock immediately called 911. Animal control arrived and rushed Cody to an emergency vet.
"My dog is in urgent care fighting for its life. He is very sick," she wrote after the attack.
Cody initially survived. He had drains on his side and was on plenty of medicines, but as the medical bills kept piling up. Terry started a GoFundme page to help with Cody's treatment.
If you would like to donate to help the Haddock family pay for medical bills, click here.
The two dogs that attacked Cody are believed to be Pit Bulls and were wearing black leather collars. Haddock has been looking for the dogs around her neighborhood, but has not seen them.
"Please pray that these vicious dogs are found before they can hurt anyone else," Haddock wrote in her note to 13News.
If you have any idea who the dogs may belong to, contact Norfolk Animal Control at 757-441-5505.
Haddock also wanted to thank the staff at the Blue Pearl Emergency Veterinary Clinic for their caring treatment of Cody.
Cody the Collie's URGENT Care
Created March 10, 2017
Tammy Nance Lindquist
My name is Terry Haddock. I live in Norfolk, VA in a beautiful suburban family-friendly area . When I came home from work yesterday, my beloved Collie, Cody Haddock, was being attacked by 2 pitbulls, running at-large in my neighborhood. These 2 dogs were literally dragging Cody through my backyard like a rag doll. As you can see, he has been brutally mauled in a savage and violent way. I risked by life by grabbing a broom and prying them off of Cody.
He is now being treated at Blue Pearl Emergency Veterinarian in Virginia Beach. The funds will be used for Cody's medical care, with a long road ahead. I hope you can see it in your heart to help my precious Cody. I am so thankful for your support and love and will keep you informed as to his status. Please pray for his recovery. Thank you and God bless.
Update: Cody passed away this morning. Norfolk Animal Control is working diligently to locate the dog's owners responsible for his death. Please know that any donations exceeding the veterinarian bill will be used to locate the owner and/or donated to The Collie and Sheltie Rescue of Southeastern Virginia. Thank you and God bless you all for your support and love ??
To update all Cody Haddock supporters....should donations exceed the amount of any vet bills, these funds will be used to locate the owners of the dogs and/or donated to the Collie and Sheltie Rescue of Southeastern Virginia. Peace and Love. Tammy Lindquist
On behalf of The Haddock family, it is with deepest sadness that I inform you that Cody crossed over the bridge. Please make sure your pets are always on a leash. From the bottom of my heart and soul, I thank all of you for your generosity, prayers and for spreading the message throughout the world. Prayers and hugs to Terry and her family. Peace. Tammy Lindquist
(13News Now - March 13, 2017)