An Edgemont girl is looking for accountability soon after her beloved mini goldendoodle Lucy was attacked and killed by an off-leash dog, irrespective of the District of North Vancouver getting problems about the aggressive dog before the fatal attack.
The incident took place on Aug. 18 when Shirley Friesen and her daughter ended up going for walks Lucy on Sunset Boulevard near Bedford Court docket. Friesen listened to somebody yell out “Pick up your dog” and she turned to see a canine she thinks was a pit bull barreling down on her.
“I you should not know if it pushed me in excess of or if I fell but the upcoming thing I know, I was holding on to my dog and the other doggy experienced her in its mouth,” she stated.
Finally, the attacking doggy enable go and left, but Lucy was bleeding badly. They acquired her to a North Shore vet but, with a number of punctures and damaged ribs, wounded lungs, and skin torn from the muscle mass across substantially of her back again, the vet mentioned Lucy would will need crisis surgery with a trauma team in Vancouver, and they finest they could do is stabilize her. They sourced a transportable oxygen tank and the vet drove them above city.
Lucy survived the four-hour medical procedures and manufactured it through the night time. They ended up hoping for a comprehensive restoration but although on her way to take a look at Lucy on Aug. 23, Friesen received a get in touch with from the vet stating Lucy had long gone into cardiac arrest and died.
“She just could not endure the trauma,” Friesen mentioned, in tears.
The vet expenses arrived to almost $20,000, which Friesen had to spend out of pocket.
It was then she pursued the make a difference with the RCMP and the District of North Vancouver’s bylaw officers and figured out the canine, and others from the very same Edgemont Boulevard property, have a very long record of complaints versus them.
“We uncovered out that it wasn’t the very first attack. And that these canines are functioning unfastened, not infrequently. … They talked to the RCMP, they realized who the canine was, they knew who the owner was, they sent me a picture [of the dog],” she claimed. “The much more I talked to them, the a lot more I recognized that they really have been not accomplishing everything to preserve me harmless, to assistance me in any way. They were essentially just striving to deal with their own ass.”
At the really least, the local community should have been warned, Friesen claimed, or the risky pet need to have been eradicated from the community.
Friesen stated she would like to sue the dog’s owner to try to get better all those costs, but the district will not give her the identify of the proprietor, which will probably require a court get to receive. Friesen stated she has turned down presents for a crowdfunding campaign.
“I are not able to pay for this but I unquestionably never want to acquire anyone else’s cash. It is not ideal. The individuals that are responsible need to have to shell out for this,” she mentioned.
Friesen’s daughter Ruby Violette wrote instantly to the mayor to underscore the trauma they now live with.
“I no for a longer time feel risk-free walking in my own neighbourhood and I am disheartened that [the dog’s] owners have not been held accountable in any way,” she wrote. “At the quite least, there really should be warning indications posted close to the home warning passers by of the risk and at most, any pet dogs in that house should be seized and taken to a humane shelter,” she wrote. “I am extremely let down in the way officials have handled the circumstance and I urge you to acquire action straight away alternatively than waiting around for a baby to be harm.”
In a statement, district workers say the investigation into the attack is nonetheless ongoing and many of the facts keep on being confidential. Though there was some confusion and conflicting details about which puppy was responsible, workers did seize a puppy on Aug. 18 that they imagine is the suitable just one and the operator will facial area bylaw enforcement.
“We are informed there are remarks of pet dog bites that may well not have been documented to us,” reported Carol Walker, DNV’s main bylaw officer. “Officers experienced performed a comprehensive canvass in the neighbourhood for witnesses, received lots of statements and reviewed all relevant district documents. This is a agonizing time for the entrepreneurs and we proceed to assistance them.”
In some instances, puppies considered “aggressive” by the district can be produced with a particular licence that will come with a collection of demanding problems, like necessary muzzling anytime the pet dog is off their owners’ residence and $1-million in legal responsibility coverage coverage for the proprietor.
As of Monday, the seized dog’s entrepreneurs experienced not nonetheless arrive ahead to declare it, but they had been built knowledgeable of the bylaw requirements, according to the district. If the canine is considered abandoned or surrendered to the district, they might search for a court docket buy to have it wrecked, the statement mentioned.
Over and above the troubles about the dogs, the district has acquired numerous other general public security issues about the house exactly where it was residing. On the internet site is a 1951 four-plex built by West Coast Contemporary learn Fred Hollingsworth, although it has fallen into terrible disrepair. Very last summer time, district council was asked to take into consideration a heritage revitalization arrangement from a developer that would have witnessed the four-plex restored and specified permanent heritage security in trade for permission to create up to 33 rowhouses on the house. Council, nonetheless, confirmed tiny desire.
Meanwhile, Friesen and her family members are still left to mourn Lucy, who she explained as never shedding her puppyish disposition, regardless of remaining 10 a long time old.
“She was almost everything to us,” Friesen stated, crediting Lucy with obtaining them by way of the toughest times of the pandemic. “There was just normally that pleasure in the property with her listed here and now that she’s not, it truly is just… it’s unbearable.”