Dog at­tack

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A stroll on the Glen­garry Trails quickly turned dan­ger­ous for an Alexan­dria man when he was at­tacked by two dogs Satur­day.

“They were en­raged,” says Yvon Lor­tie who re­quired hos­pi­tal treat­ment for in­juries he suf­fered to his wrist and hip. The at­tack, which he es­ti­mates lasted eight min­utes, oc­curred at about 5 p.m.

A large Labrador knocked him to the ground. “The owner was ir­re­spon­si­ble,” re­lates the Con­ces­sion 6 res­i­dent who is re­ceiv­ing an­tibi­otics to deal with his wounds.

This was the first time Mr. Lor­tie, a reg­u­lar trail user, has en­coun­tered such a prob­lem on the path, where the rule is that dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.

Although he was in shock, Mr. Lor­tie man­aged to write down the li­cence plate num­ber of the dogs’ owner. He notes that the in­ci­dent un­der­lines the need for more aware­ness. “Peo­ple should be aware that they can be fined if their dogs are run­ning loose. The trails are won­der­ful but you never know what could hap­pen if dogs are not kept un­der con­trol,” he ob­serves. At the same time, Mr. Lor­tie ac­knowl­edges that it is un­re­al­is­tic to ex­pect au­thor­i­ties to closely mon­i­tor the large wooded area. “The mes­sage I want to con­vey is that dog own­ers should be re­spon­si­ble for their an­i­mals and that they be aware that their pets can be a threat to oth­ers.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Friends of the Glen­garry Trails As­so­ci­a­tion’s eti­quette, own­ers are re­quired to leash and clean up af­ter their dogs. “To pro­tect your dog and wildlife, con­sider leav­ing your dog at home,” the as­so­ci­a­tion pol­icy reads.

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