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'Horrible' dog attack prompts owner's plea
A White Rock woman is appealing to a fellow dog owner to come forward following an attack on her multi-poo that left the nine-year-old with severe gashes to his neck.
Shelley Dougan said she was at Bakerview Park in South Surrey with her daughter, Madison, on Jan. 31, when Buddy was mauled by what looked like a short-haired Husky.
Dougan said both dogs were on-leash at the time, and that the attack occurred when Buddy approached the bigger dog as she and Madison asked about a smaller "ball of fluff" that was sitting on a picnic table.
"He was gashed – big, huge, deep, long gashes on both sides of his neck, and he has a fractured trachea," a distraught Dougan said last week.
"It was horrible."
Dougan said the incident happened with no warning. It was so violent and quick – and her concern for Buddy was so high – that she never stopped to ask the Husky owner for contact information.
The woman "showed no remorse whatsoever," Dougan said. "She said it was my fault."
The incident has been reported to Surrey animal-control officials, but Dougan said she was told that without any identifying information on the other dog owner, there is little that can be done.
Dougan said she hopes the other owner will take responsibility, help with Buddy's vet bill – approximately $500 – and take steps to prevent a similar incident.
"I want that dog on a muzzle… so that this doesn't happen again," she said. "This dog should be nowhere near other dogs or children."
Dougan said the other owner was accompanied by another dark-haired woman and looked to be in her early 30s. She had a baby in a stroller. They left the park heading north towards 20 Avenue.
Anyone with information may call Surrey animal services at 604-591-4370. Dougan may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org