Richmond Hill Post - - Life -

I have two dogs of my own, and I of­ten go to the off-leash dog park. I had just en­tered the park and threw a Fris­bee for my one dog who ran to get it. As my dog caught the Fris­bee in his mouth, it turns out another dog in the park also had its eye on the Fris­bee and latched onto the side of my dog’s face and wouldn’t let go. My dog was scream­ing, and I called for the owner of the other dog, but the owner was nowhere to be found. This dog was pulling so hard at my dog’s face that I truly thought it was go­ing to be ripped off. So I de­cided to try to help my dog but was dragged down to the ground by the other dog. I con­tin­ued to hold on to my dog’s face try­ing to pre­vent it from be­ing ripped off and used my free hand to hit the other dog in hopes that it would let go. I was scream­ing for help and be­came hys­ter­i­cal. It felt like 10 min­utes had passed, and fi­nally a man that I have seen in the park many times be­fore grabbed a large stick and started to pound the other dog un­til it re­leased my dog’s face. Un­for­tu­nately the other dog only re­leased my dog’s face for a sec­ond and im­me­di­ately when back in to bite down on my dog’s face again, but it got my hand in­stead and bit down on it quite hard. I was ter­ri­fied, I was cry­ing, and I was scream­ing for help. The owner of the other dog did fi­nally show up af­ter the in­ci­dent and rudely re­fused to take any re­spon­si­bil­ity. I was able to get the li­cence plate num­ber of the owner and then went to the hospi­tal where I had stitches put in my hand. I re­ported the in­ci­dent to Toronto An­i­mal Ser­vices, but noth­ing hap­pened in re­gard to the in­ci­dent other than the an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer telling me that off-leash dog parks are “use at your own risk.” He then elab­o­rated and told me he chooses not to take his dog to dog parks.

Judy La Rose-Young, who suf­fered the hand in­jury, with her dogs

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