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