The owner of a dog involved in a vicious attack in a Richmond park is speaking out, saying he plans to defend the animal.
Lucas MacNeil took to Facebook this weekend defending Yogi, writing he’s looking into getting a lawyer and that there is a petition against having the rottweiler-husky cross put down.
MacNeil writes that the dog was taken from his home without permission and tied to a tree and “when untied or provoked he attacked.”
He says the story has been “stretched” by the media to build attention.
Petition calls on Richmond Councillor Carol Day to intervene
Titled, “Don’t euthanize Yogi the dog for poor ownership”, the petition has 278 supporters as of January 5th.
There is also a Facebook community supporting the dog, called YOGI – eye for eye leaves the whole world blind, and includesa video purporting to show how friendly he is.
The attack, described by police as “horrifying” took place last Wednesday at Richmond’s South Arm Park.
21-year-old Kati and Jessi Mather were walking the dog, who police say belongs to Kati’s boyfriend.
The dog turned suddenly on the pair, attacking them as they sought to draw it away from Jessi’s three-year-old son.
Both were hurt, but Kati suffered the more serious injuries including more than 100 bites, a fractured arm, and a detached bicep.
The child was unhurt, but his father says he has been traumatized by the incident.
A Good Samaritan was also injured in the attack after rushing to help.
Police eventually arrived, and one of them was forced to shoot at the dog. It fled and was later captured.
The dog is now under the care of the Richmond Animal Protection society, and its fate lies in the hands of the City of Richmond.
The city says it is still reviewing the case.
It says if it decides the dog should be put down, the process is quick if the owner consents.
It says if not, the case could end up in court.