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.