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‘Very dangerous’ killer pit bull stolen from pound after it killed another dog
A killer pit bull that has been described as “very dangerous” is still missing after being stolen from an Osoyoos pound where it was being held so it could be destroyed.
The American pit bull terrier, Brutus, was stolen from a locked animal control facility in the Osoyoos industrial park Thursday, just hours after it attacked and killed another dog at the facility.
Brutus was locked in a cage, which had been pried open and the dog was taken Thursday afternoon, Osoyoos RCMP said.
RCMP officers talked to the dog’s owner, Cam McRae, as part of a theft investigation, said Sgt. Kevin Schur, area commander at the Osoyoos RCMP detachment.
“We talked to him to see if he knew where it was,” said Schur. “He’s not admitting to anything. He let us check the area where he lives and the dog is definitely not there.”
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued a warning advising local residents to take extra precautions with their small children and pets as the vicious dog may be on the loose.
Brutus killed another dog at the animal control facility during the night of Aug. 14-15 despite being separated from other animals. He was being held for probable destruction following a previous attack, said Andrew Stuckey, a spokesperson for the RDOS.
Stuckey said it is not yet known how Brutus killed the other dog since they were in separate and locked enclosures.
That incident is still under investigation.
The dog disappeared from the locked compound sometime between 3 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and signs of forced entry were apparent.
“Brutus is now on the lam,” said Stuckey. “We are now issuing a dangerous dog alert. There’s potential that the dog is in the Osoyoos area, but we believe that he has actually been removed from Osoyoos and taken somewhere else.”
McRae, the dog’s owner, has previously used the Internet to oppose any law in B.C. that would ban pit bulls. He signed and promoted a petition on the website change.org titled “Save B.C. Pit Bulls.”
The petition, which he recruited others to sign 11 months ago, argues that “good owners with great dogs shouldn’t have to suffer.”
Ontario and Manitoba ban ownership of pit bulls considering them dangerous, while numerous municipalities elsewhere in Canada have similar legislation.
Osoyoos doesn’t ban pit bulls, but it puts restrictions on them, requiring, for example, that they be kept behind a six-foot secure fence. Brutus was allowed to roam at large.
Brutus was first apprehended by RCMP Aug. 1 after he and a female American Pit Bull Terrier were running at large and they attacked another dog that was tethered on private property. That dog had to be treated for its injuries.
Both pit bulls were impounded following this incident, Stuckey said, but the female was subsequently released to the owner under certain restrictions, including that it had to be kept muzzled.
Brutus remained in captivity at the facility pending probable destruction because he was considered too dangerous to be released.
Brutus 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.
“He is considered very dangerous,” said Stuckey. “We’re concerned about small children and small pets especially.”
Anyone seeing a dog matching this description should not approach it and should contact authorities.
Osoyoos RCMP can be contacted at 250-495-7236.
Marshall Security Services, which has separate contracts for animal enforcement with the RDOS and Town of Osoyoos, can be reached at 1-866-995-4426.