Three people have been taken to hospital after they were attacked by a dog in a field in Richmond’s South Arm Park.
Police say an 80-lb, Rottweiler-cross attacked a 21-year-old woman yesterday, leaving her with more than 100 bites, a fractured arm, detached bicep and covered in blood.
RCMP had originally identified the dog as a Rottweiler-Pitbull cross, but have since retracted that. A source tells CKNW the dog is a Rottweiler-Husky cross.
The victim had been trying to draw the dog away from her twin sister’s three-year-old son, but it attacked her instead, leaving her with multiple lacerations.
RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang says officers arrived and tried to distract the dog, but the animal then turned back and came at them.
“Our officers commented that it was a particularly horrifying sight to bear witness to. We see and love dogs as faithful companions and now they were witnessing a scene from their worst nightmare.”
Police say one officer had to fire her gun in the rescue, but the dog was not hit.
Neighbour Ken Brodie heard the commotion and ran to help.
“I heard the screaming from a woman and she’s screaming call 911, call 911! So I could hear her and I could also hear a dog. I jumped over the fence and ran across into the park and this rotweiller has got her down on the ground and he’s just tearing at her legs.”
“I tried to get the dog off and was kicking it, of course then it came after me and grabbed ahold of my hand. I ended up with seven sticthes in my hand. It was bleeding so bad I had to go home, I thought run home and phone 911, but on the way home I heard the ambulance coming and though thank God.”
The boy was not hurt, but his aunt is in critical condition.
The early investigation has revealed the dog – who is currently in the care of Richmond Animal Protection Society – is owned by 21-year-old victim’s boyfriend.
Eyal Lichtmann, Executive Director of RAPS says it’s not clear yet what prompted the dog to attack.
“We don’t know right now if it has to do with health of the dog – if it’s to a medical condition and that’s why this happened. If it’s because of the way the owners treated the dog and raised the dog. None of that has been determined yet.”
He says the decision about whether the dog will be destroyed is in now the hands of the city of Richmond.
“The public makes the erroneous determination that somehow we have have control over the fate of the dog, and we don’t. We’re getting calls from both sides on that matter, and it’s not our decision. All we do is run the shelter.”
Officials with the municipality could not be reached for comment.