A devastated father says he will not be silent after hearing about another pit bull attacking a child.
Jeff Borchardt lost is son, Dax, nearly three months ago, and he told 12 News that he and his wife decided to leave their Darien home because the memories of the 14-month-old who was mauled to death by two pit bulls in March was overwhelming.
"We couldn't be here anymore. We had to come home to a house with marks on the walls -- this empty house," Borchardt said.
In his first interview about the death of his son, Borchardt told 12 News he wants to speak out about what he feels is a dangerous breed.
"Believing the myth, it's not the breed it's all how you raise them, is what left us without a son," said Borchardt, who was motivated to speak out after a pit bull attack last week in Caledonia left a toddler with serious injuries to his face. "Someone on TV is going to see this and say, 'You know what, that looks like little Johnny, or little Timmy, or whoever,' because this could easily be your son or daughter, too."
Borchardt said before his son's death, he used to think a dog's behavior was determined by the way it was raised. However, the two pit bulls owned by a woman who was babysitting Dax were raised by the couple since they were puppies and had not been abused.
Borchardt said the dogs didn't have a history of aggressive behavior, and he would never have left him with the woman if they had. He said something made the dogs snap on that day in March.
"They had one goal in mind, and that was to murder my baby," said Borchardt, who will never forget how his son looked after the attack. "There were unimaginable bruises and bites all over his legs, his arms and his body -- his head."
Borchardt said his motivation in life is telling Dax's story as many times as people will listen, because if one life is saved, then going through the pain is worth it.
"Let Dax save lives," he said. "I know he's saved lives already. I don't think it's enough."
Borchardt said the babysitter was holding Dax when the dogs attacked, and she did everything possible, including lying on top of the child to try and save him. No criminal charges were filed.