Dog in Surrey attack to be killed, no charges for owner
Darcy Matheson, CTV Vancouver
Published Friday, June 24, 2016 8:30AM PDT
The dog that attacked a woman outside a Surrey convenience store earlier this week has been located, and the city says it will now be killed.
A 65-year-old woman suffered serious but non-life threatening injures to her arm after being bitten by an off-leash dog, whose owner did not stay at the scene to help.
The senior was treated and released from hospital, while authorities have tried to locate the canine and the person who owns it.
On Thursday night, Surrey RCMP said it managed to track down the man and dog thanks to multiple tips from the public.
City manager Jas Rehal said in a statement that the owner has voluntarily surrendered the animal to Surrey Animal Control "to have it put down." A timeline was not provided.
Despite the fact the owner fled after the attack, criminal charges against him will not go forward.
Sgt. Alanna Dunlop said after reviewing the "totality of the circumstances," investigators deem that there is not enough evidence to proceed with charges.
The issue of dog bites will be front and centre at a Surrey council meeting next week as Mayor Linda Hepner asks the city to review its bylaws when it comes to dangerous dogs.
Hepner wants to examine how other cities, including Montreal – which recently banned pit bulls -- are handling the issue.
Animal behaviourist Rebecca Ledger told CTV News that pit bulls are no more likely to bite than other breeds, saying small breeds like Chihuahuas and dachshunds are statistically more aggressive.
RCMP have identified the dog involved in the recent Surrey attack as a pit bull.