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Chewed, twisted metal tells story of brutal and bloody pit bull attack
Twisted, torn and chewed metal tells the story of how Brutus, a vicious pit bull, attacked and killed another dog recently at a town-owned pound.
The pools of blood that covered the floor when a bylaw officer discovered the attack Aug. 15 have long been cleaned up, but the bent metal punctured by ferocious teeth helps to piece together the tragic sequence of events.
It paints a picture not of a Houdini escape artist, as some have suggested, but rather of a powerfully strong dog determined to kill another dog.
The Osoyoos Times had the opportunity to visit the facility Friday with Barry Romanko, chief administrative officer with the Town of Osoyoos. While Romanko is deferring questions about the incident itself to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), he showed the damage and explained how the facility operates.
Andrew Stuckey, a spokesperson for the RDOS, says an investigation into the incident involving several staff at the RDOS as well as other parties is still ongoing.
Cut and bent fencing also sheds light on a break-in Aug. 15 when Brutus was stolen from the facility. He remains missing and the RCMP consider Brutus to be stolen property and are investigating the break-in.
The pit bull’s owner, Cam McRae, has told police he doesn’t know anything about the dog’s whereabouts.
The Town of Osoyoos public works compound is located in the industrial park behind a tall chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. A gate preventing vehicle or foot access is locked when the facility is closed.
At the back is the animal facility, a building with eight chain-link animal enclosures with metal fencing on all sides and at the top. It’s firmly set on a concrete pad and the animals can come and go into the building, where indoor enclosures are also separated.
On the night of the attack, Brutus and his victim, a medium-sized, mixed breed, were housed in the very last enclosures on opposite ends.
A hall inside the building provides access to the locked enclosures.
The latch on the chain-link gate to Brutus’s pen, which was locked, now appears pushed out of alignment. It appears Brutus applied enough force to bend the latch and open the gate without breaking the lock.
The chain-link gate to the victim’s enclosure reveals the ferocity of the attack and Brutus’s determination to kill. The gate is bent and metal on the door frame is torn, shredded and punctured with tooth marks.
What happened in the struggle isn’t known, but the other dog, a stray, lay dead in a pool of blood.
Stuckey says they have not yet been able to contact the dead dog’s owner.
Brutus was subsequently moved to another pen located two down from his original one.
The afternoon following the incident, on Thursday, Aug. 15 sometime between 3 at 5:30 p.m., Brutus was stolen from the pound.
An opening was cut through the chain-link fence behind the building. The thief would have had to scramble up and down a steep rocky embankment with abundant puncture vines.
Brutus’s enclosure door was pried at the bottom, allowing the dog to be removed.
Romanko said the bylaw officer is responsible for ensuring the pound is kept clean and the dogs are fed and watered.
Animals are checked a minimum of two times a day, but in the summer they are checked more regularly to ensure adequate water is available, he said.
Bylaw enforcement is contracted to Marshall Security Services, which has separate contracts with the Town of Osoyoos and the RDOS.
Brutus was considered an RDOS case because he was captured in the regional district by RCMP on Aug. 1 following another savage attack by Brutus on a dog that was tethered on private property.
Bylaw officer Pat Marshall found the dogs in the pound the morning after the attack, sources said, however, Marshall declined to be interviewed and referred media inquiries to the RDOS.
Asked why Brutus wasn’t destroyed immediately following his Aug. 1 attack, Stuckey said a dog can only be destroyed if the owner hands over the dog or if a court order is obtained through a judge or justice of the peace on the grounds legally declaring it a dangerous dog.
The owner did not agree to give up control and a court order was not yet obtained when Brutus was stolen.
The Osoyoos Times has not been successful in contacting Brutus’s owner, Cam McRae.
Brutus remains at large and is considered dangerous. He is described as brindle in colour with brown and black and he has a white diamond spot on his chest. He stands about two to two and a half feet tall.
Anyone seeing a dog matching this description should not approach it, but should contact authorities. Osoyoos RCMP can be reached at 250-495-7236.