The dog who violently bit two children in a residence in the borough of Montreal-North Sunday had already been aggressive in the past, according Montreal Police.
The incident report, which states that six people were injured in all events, describes the animal as a “one-and-a-half year old American pitbull who weighs 70 pounds.” The dog expert has not yet confirmed the exact breed of the dog.
According to the nine-page document, the 62-year-old resident of Montreal-North, at whom the events took place, had agreed to pick up the dog of an acquaintance who wanted to leave because she had just given birth.
The owner of the dog had advised the lady that the animal had to wear a muzzle 24 hours a day, because he had already bitten another dog in a park.
The animal arrived Saturday afternoon while the woman had four grandchildren aged 11, 7 and 4, and a 20-month-old baby.
On leaving the car, the animal immediately jumped on the child of 20 months by giving him muzzle shots. Three adults had to intervene to control the dog. He then relapsed on the 4-year-old girl.
The children’s grandmother is used to collecting animals to help bridge the gap between the master, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the new foster family.
According to her testimony, she had initiated proceedings with the Freedom Drivers organization, which was to pick up the animal the next day and then transfer it to New Brunswick. The organization Freedom Drivers, which contacted Radio-Canada, however denies being a stakeholder of this event. Its founder, Tayna Thorpe, indicates that it is a volunteer who, on her own and on her own time, offered to bring the dog to the SPCA.
During the night from Saturday to Sunday, the dog, still with his muzzle, once again attacked the 20-month-old baby, terrorizing him and making him fall from his bed.
The grandmother then decided to tie the dog between the two doors of the entrance.
The situation is degenerating
The next day, around 10 am, the animal managed to get rid of his muzzle, but as he was playing quietly with the children, the grandmother did not give it to him.
According to the testimonies collected by the police, the dog was free in the house, without muzzle.
Moments later, the animal bit the skull of the 4-year-old girl. The grandmother tried in vain to restrain the dog by pulling on his collar in addition to knocking him on the head with a screwdriver.
She took the girl out of the house and finally managed to lock the dog again.
A lady from Freedom Drivers arrived at the scene, but instead of picking up the dog as planned, she had to take the girl to the hospital because the grandmother does not have a car.
Neither the police nor the ambulance were called at this time.
The grandmother called her daughter to come and take care of the children, left alone at home.
His daughter asked him to call the police, but the grandmother told him that it was not worth it, since the SPCA had to arrive from one moment to the next to pick up the dog.
The mother arrived 30 minutes later with three other children.
Around 3 pm, she went out to smoke a cigarette. That’s when the dog managed to escape. The woman, panicked, asked the children to go out the window of the room. The dog still managed to attack the 7-year-old, who suffered a serious open fracture to the arm.
A neighbor and passers-by to help children
A neighbor, who heard screams, then went to the residence to try to rescue the children. With a shovel, he hit the dog in the head. The animal then pursued the children, who managed to escape outside the residence.
A motorist, who also heard screams, then got out of his vehicle to rescue one of the children who seemed to be the next victim of the dog. The man took the young man in his arms and raised him in the air so that the dog could not bite him, but to no avail. The animal managed to bite the child at the left buttock and bit the driver at the joints.
The dog was finally stopped by another passer-by, who managed to put his foot on his leash. He was then able to control the beast until the police arrived.
In total, six people were injured.
In a press briefing on Tuesday, Mayor Valérie Plante confirmed that the dog will be euthanized.
After reading an earlier version of this text and before voting against the city’s new animal regulations , the Mayor of Montreal North, Christine Black, also supported the euthanasia of the animal.
“Yes, the dog is potentially dangerous, and I am announcing this afternoon that we will give permission to the borough management to sign the euthanasia order for the dog. Even so, the child will probably lose his arm and another child has 16 stitches. So today, I feel very, very uncomfortable voting for this regulation [on the supervision of pets], despite all the efforts that have been made, “she said.
Marie Bram started working for Spruce Tribune in 2017. Marie grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Spruce Tribune, Marie briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.