Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dog In Quarantine After 3 In Vaughan Attacked

Toronto police have seized a dog believed responsible for attacks on three people at a Vaughan convenience store Wednesday. The German shepherd, an eight-year-old female weighing 90 pounds, was picked up Thursday morning in North York after police received an anonymous tip, according to York Regional Police Det. Const. Alex Samitz. The dog, which goes by the name of Krysia, was taken by animal control officers and placed in quarantine. “We have to notify the health department, but we’re told the dog had its shots in November,” Det. Const. Samitz said. The owner of the dog was visiting relatives in Vaughan when he stopped by the convenience store. His name was not immediately released, and there was no immediate word on whether he faces any charges. At about 8:40 a.m., a man went into a convenience store at 80 Glen Shields Ave., leaving his German shepherd untied outside the store, police said. The dog attacked a 16-year-old girl who was walking nearby. The girl needed medical attention after suffering shoulder injuries. A few minutes later, a 66-year-old man was attacked when he tried to go into the store by the same dog. Police said he suffered serious injuries to his neck and arm areas and required more than 20 stitches. About five minutes later, a 41-year-old woman was attacked when she tried to go into the store, but was uninjured. The owner and the dog left a little while later.

Police are searching for a Hispanic man, five-feet, seven-inches tall who weighs 170 pounds with a medium build and dark skin. He was wearing a dark jacket and dark tuque. You are reminded not to approach any dog that is on the loose.  If possible, avoid the area where the dog is or try to keep a barrier between you and the dog such as a vehicle, fence, door or clothing.  Avoid looking the dog in the eyes and avoid running away.  You are better to stay still and try to back away slowly.  Call Animal Control in your area as soon as possible. If you know who the dog owner is, contact police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip at or text TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637).