Date: April 9, 2021
This afternoon, the owner of the dog identified themselves to us and is fully cooperating with Animal Control Officers. This file is still under investigation and as such, no further details will be released at this time. Thank you to the public and media partners for creating awareness of this incident.
Animal Control Officers are investigating after a dog bit the owner of another dog, which then attacked their small dog on Tuesday evening at Mount Douglas Park.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 6th at approximately 7:15 pm near the summit of Mount Douglas Park. A small dog, which was on a leash with its owner, was mauled by a larger dog that was off-leash and not believed to be under the control of its owner. The small dog, which suffered serious injuries, was rushed to a veterinary hospital but had to be put down. The owner of the small dog was also bitten by the large dog and sustained minor injuries.
Dogs, in any public place in Saanich, must be kept on a leash or under effective control at all times. There are certain locations in Saanich where dogs are restricted, or leashes are mandatory. Please visit the Municipality of Saanich website for more information: https://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/parks-recreation-community/parks/parks-trails-amenities/park-use-etiquette/dogs-in-parks.html
To contact our Animal Control Officers, please call our non-emergency police line at 250-475-4321.
Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer