Vernon and North Okanagan
Dog bites child in the face
Aug 19, 2013 / 4:12 pm
UPDATED: 4:10 p.m.
The Vernon SPCA and the city's dog control office have confirmed that they did not have involvement with a dog complaint out of Coldstream over the weekend. The SPCA also says they do not have possession of the animal at this time.
RCMP Spokesperson Gord Molendyk says there were plans on Monday morning to turn the dog over to the SPCA, but for whatever reason, the investigation changed course.
Molendyk reminds the public that the animal has no history of violence or aggression and is not considered a safety threat. The RCMP are continuing their investigation.
Original Story: 1:48 p.m.
A family dog is in custody following a weekend incident involving a five-year-old child in Coldstream.
RCMP Spokesperson Gord Molendyk says that paramedics requested assistance when they were called to a home on Saturday afternoon for a report of a child bitten by a dog.
The people at the residence had been looking after their grandson as well as a friend’s dog.
“It appears the dog bit the child in the face for unknown reasons,” said Molendyk. “The child was taken to hospital for treatment and the dog is being held by the SPCA.”
Molendyk says the dog is a mid-sized cross breed with no history of violent behaviour.
“The woman was shocked because she had known the dog for many years and was looking after it for a friend,” he said.
At this point, it is not known what exactly transpired or why the child was bitten. Molendyk says the SPCA is holding the dog until the owners’ return.
Vernon RCMP officers will continue to work with the SPCA and the families involved.
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