Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Deadly dog day in Waterloo

Police kill canines after biting attack
By Melinda Dalton Record staff

Police shot and killed a pitbull and fatally wounded another dog near a Waterloo townhouse complex today after the animals bit two people and lunged at officers.

The victims, a 12-year old girl and a 56 -year-old man, were taken to Grand River hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Police were called to the townhouse complex on Sunnydale Place shortly before 8 a.m. after a man reported he had been surrounded by three loose dogs and bitten on the leg by one.

When police arrived, the dogs -- a one-year-old Staffordshire, a seven-month old german sheppard mix and a Jack Russell- Daschund mix -- approached the officers in an aggressive manner, said Waterloo regional police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel.

They then circled a 12-year-old girl who was standing in the courtyard and the pit bull bit her in the leg.

Police chased the animals away from the victims into a nearby felid where two of the dogs lunged at the officers, Heinzel said.

Officers fired at the animals, killing one instantly and wounding another, which was later put down due the severity of its injuries.

Heinzel said a number of officers responded, but declined to say how many shots were fired or how many officers drew their weapons citing an ongoing investigation.

"The important thing to remember is there was a threat to public safety and the officers needed to respond," he said.

"They had to take some some action and that's the action that they took."

The third dog, the Jack Russell mix, ran away after hearing the gun fire and hid in a neighbour's backyard.

Charges have not been laid against the animals' owner, but the investigation is continuing.


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