TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa family said a city employee beat their dog with a metal rod.

They brought the dog to a vet clinic in south Tulsa after the attack, but the dog didn't make it.

Now they want answers from the city.

“Then I got over there and I started screaming, 'You killed him. You killed my dog,'” owner Julie Bailey said.

Bailey was sitting on her front porch when she said a city worker came into their yard to check the meter.

“The dogs saw him so they got up and went over to him. Immediately I got up and I could see him [and] he could see me. I said, 'They're fine, they won't hurt you,'” Bailey said.

Shortly after that, Julie said she saw the worker hitting her two dogs with a metal rod.

“I told him to stop. I said 'Don't do that. What are you doing,' and then the thing came down on my little dog,” she said.

Julie then took her dog, Thumper, to a nearby veterinary clinic where the vet said he had serious brain trauma and his eyes had popped out of their sockets.

“I found that our patient had an open skull fracture, so at that point, our patient started actively seizing,” said Dr. Liz Thomas of the Southern Hills Veterinary Clinic.

Thomas said there wasn't anything more she could do but it would take a lot of force to cause the amount of trauma Thumper received.

“You can tell when somethings been hit like that the traumatic force it takes to break the skull,” she said.

Julie's Husband Scott contacted the city. He said an employee called him and apologized but he wanted to hear from the man who he said is responsible.

“It hurt really bad to think that a grown man can only resort to beating a five-pound dog with an iron rod until his eyes pop out to protect himself,” he said.

The family said they will do anything they can to get justice for Thumper.

“To die that way having a massive skull fracture and a lot of seizures not even a dog should have to die that way,” Bailey said.

News On 6 contacted the city and they say they are looking into this matter. 

On Monday, October 9, 2017, News On 6 was told the employee had been "dismissed from his duties."