The fate of a Rottweiler-Husky cross that left one woman in critical condition is still unknown.
City of Richmond spokesperson Ted Townsend says if investigators decide to put down the animal, and the owner agrees, then that process is pretty straightforward.
But it gets tricky if the owner wants to keep the dog.
“Then we have the option of going to seek a court order to have our recommendation imposed.”
The dog is still in the care of the Richmond Animal Protection Society.
The attack, described by police as “horrifying” took place last Wednesday at Richmond’s South Arm Park.
Twenty-one-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.