Dog order

East Toronto neighborhood terrorized by dogs fears ‘dangerous dog order’ won’t help – Toronto

Toronto Animal Services is investigating two dog attacks in east Toronto and has issued a dangerous dog order against the owner of the animal.

Witnesses to the most recent attack on July 28 recounted a “horrific situation” that resulted in the death of a small dog.

“I heard a man calling his dog and I just saw the dog dash past the chain link fence and a few seconds later I heard a woman screaming and then a dog yelping and screaming and I’m ran out and the woman, the owner of the dog, was really in panic mode,” recalls Faith Walker.

A Chihuahua owner herself, Walker said she felt compelled to help the little dog, and only later found out she had covered herself in blood during the process.

“It was just too late, he had been maimed and shot three or four times in that attack,” Walker said.

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Toronto police confirm officers responded to a 911 call for an animal bite report on July 28 at approximately 5:20 p.m. in the Gerrard and Coxwell area.

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Calls were also made to 311 for Toronto Animal Services.

According to the City of Toronto website, “If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, report the bite or attack to Toronto Public Health and Toronto Animal Services as soon as possible. If you are taken to hospital, report the bite or attack to Toronto Public Health and Toronto Animal Services as soon as possible after treatment is complete.

Another witness told Global News, It was madness. It was people running around. Fights broke out. The owners were unable to control their dog.

The same witness, whose young child attends the neighborhood daycare center, expressed concern that the dog’s owners would not comply with the dangerous dog ordinance.

“I don’t feel safe because the owner was allowed to take the dog home. There seemed to be minimal restrictions on the dog and it’s assumed the dog has responsible owners that he’s muzzled and obviously they’re not, it’s not even the first time this has happened,” a he declared.

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“If something happens to another dog or a small child or something, then where is the responsibility? Is it the responsibility of the owners? But then, if it hurts a child, it’s too late. So what are the animal services and the police doing about it? They basically leave it in the hands of the community,” the witness said.

Toronto Animal Services released the dangerous dog ordinance on Friday, August 5, noting that it “requires control measures for the dog including muzzling, microchipping, wearing a dangerous dog tag and compulsory training.

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However, Global News spoke to a neighborhood dog owner who suggested she had seen the dog since last Friday without a muzzle.

“I’m pretty sure I saw the dog again yesterday walking down the road without a muzzle…everyone on the street that I’m going to share with you is really aware of this dog and so we’re just keeping our eyes open and if we see this that we think is the dog with the owner, we just go the other way,” said the dog owner who witnessed the fatal attack but wishes to remain anonymous.

The Dangerous Dogs Review Tribunal conducts an independent review of dangerous dog orders issued by the city, according to the City of Toronto’s website.

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“The Tribunal hears appeals from dog owners who receive an order to comply with a dangerous dog order and has the power to uphold the determination of a dangerous dog order or reverse the decision and exempt the owner to comply with. In making a decision, the Court may consider whether a dog was acting in self-defense when the dangerous dog act occurred.

Faith Walker, who said she has relived the little dog’s death several times since the attack, worries that it is now up to locals to ensure their own safety.

“Why, as a community, do we all have to take the risk and bear the brunt of it? And, you know, people like me who are willing to talk? There is a risk for me to be someone who is so worried that I will say it anyway. I don’t want anyone else to go through this,” she said.

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