Town deems PoopyBear’s vicious pit bull attacker ‘aggressive’ and orders it muzzled
A pit bull that savagely attacked a frail, elderly dog recently has been deemed by the Town of Osoyoos to be “aggressive” and must be muzzled when off the owner’s property.
The attack occurred the evening of May 30 when Rick Deis was walking PoopyBear, a small 16-year-old mixed-breed dog that is partially deaf and has arthritis.
In an email Deis received Monday from the town, Janette Van Vianen, director of corporate services, said the pit bull’s owner was also ticketed for having a dog at large.
“Bylaw officers have deemed the pit bull that attacked your dog ‘aggressive’ under our bylaws,” Van Vianen wrote to Deis. “This means that the owner of the pit bull can no longer bring her dog off her property without a muzzle and (it must be) on a leash at all times. Failure to abide by this will result in a $500 fine.”
Contacted by the Osoyoos Times for further information, Van Vianen said she cannot comment on specific cases and could only provide general information. Nor could she identify the pit bull’s owner.
PoopyBear received three small, but deep puncture wounds on her neck when the pit bull lunged at her from behind, Deis said. These required staples to close the wounds.
“PoopyBear had her staples removed Friday and she’s doing excellent and is back to her twice daily walks,” Deis said on Monday. “We can’t walk down Main Street Osoyoos without numerous people stopping to ask how she’s doing and expressing support and outrage at this injustice.”
Deis said that after the attack, during which he had to pry the pit bull off PoopyBear, he asked the young woman who owned the pit bull for her name and said he wanted her to pay his dog’s veterinarian bills.
The pit bull’s owner refused to identify herself, but Deis has since learned her name is Katrina and the pit bull’s name is Satrina.
Deis originally reported the incident to Osoyoos RCMP, however, police declined to lay charges because it could not be determined which version of events was accurate – Deis’ or the pit bull owner’s.
The pit bull’s owner blamed PoopyBear for the attack.
Deis is not happy with the investigation by the RCMP and expressed concerns that the pit bull’s next attack could be more lethal.
He subsequently raised the matter with the town, which took action.
Deis said he doesn’t blame the pit bull breed and pointed out there are many well-behaved pit bulls who have strong, loving, disciplined and well-intending caregivers.
“All dogs have the potential to bite,” said Deis. “The difference lies in the potential for death or injury.”
Deis also wished to correct an error in a June 4 Osoyoos Times story about the attack stating that he carried PoopyBear back to his car after the attack. In fact, he said, he was able to walk her on her leash.