Penticton and South Okanagan
Caging dangerous dogs
Oct 4, 2013 / 2:30 pm
The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen has found a facility to be used for the short term for dangerous dogs.
Staff determined an alternative was needed after a pit bull attacked and killed another dog at the Osoyoos dog pound in August.
"The incident there made us realize, the pound there is safe for 99 per cent of dogs, but we need a more sturdy facility for dogs of this type," said Donna Butler, development services manager for the RDOS.
The short term alternative is at an undisclosed location in the South Okanagan.
In addition to looking for somewhere to house dangerous dogs, the RDOS will review all options when their animal control contract expires at the end of the year.
The pit bull, named Brutus, was originally picked up after it and a second dog attacked another in rural Osoyoos.
Sometime on the night of Aug. 14 or morning of Aug. 15, he broke out of his pen and attacked and killed a collie cross, also housed at the pound.
On the afternoon of Aug. 15, Brutus, deemed to be a dangerous dog while he was at the pound, was stolen and remains missing.
"Shortly after the other dog was killed, he was taken by someone. We still don't know by whom or where he is," said Butler.
The Osoyoos RCMP was involved in the investigation, and the owner of the dog was declared a person of interest. No one was available to comment on the status of the investigation on Friday.
Immediately following the incident, the RDOS advised all residents to take extra precautions with their pets and small children, following the unlawful removal of the seized dog.
An attempt was also made to locate the owner of the dog that died.
But the RDOS believes it was a stray, because it was at the pound for more than a week, with no one calling to look for it.
Butler said it was a stressful time for those involved, leading to the realization something had to be done.
"The pound is well maintained and this was an isolated incident," she said. "But the average kennel is not sturdy enough, and maybe the next time the dog could harm a person."
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