On a recent Sunday afternoon, my wife and our dog were attacked by two unleashed pit bulls while walking in our neighbourhood. My wife managed to get away with bruises, cuts, a concussion and small punctures to the head. My dog had to have stitches, pain killers and antibiotics.
We were lucky enough that the dogs fled after the screaming and hitting by my wife, however it could have been much worse. Some of the main concerns I have is that Surrey has no laws against the ownership of dangerous dogs such as the pit bull, which is genetically bred as an attack dog.
Secondly, there is no way to receive help on the weekend with dog attacks as the Surrey RCMP will not dispatch calls on dog attacks and the SPCA does not work weekends. Further to this, animal control won’t even take any information unless you have the address of the dog owner.
Provinces such as Ontario and cities like Winnipeg have long ago banned vicious breeds of dogs like the pit bull. Our mayor Dianne Watts is more interested in photo-ops of her spending money than dealing with real issues like dangerous animals.
Why is it that you can’t own a tiger but you can own a dog that is bred and generically designed for killing? How many more people are going to die or get seriously injured before Watts bans these animals?
Paul Sparrow, Surrey