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Control your dogs

What was supposed to be a sunny outing on a popular Vernon trail turned into a day of fear and anger for one dog owner.

Sharon Schofield was walking her 12-year-old husky, Kramer, when her senior dog was attacked by two off-lead dogs.

“Kramer was on a leash being walked on the Grey Canal Trail behind our house,” said Schofield. “He was viciously attacked by an off-lead bull mastiff and a Lab-cross being walked by a woman with three other dogs - all off lead.”

Schofield said “after a few considerable kicks to the bull mastiff, he let go and the Lab also stopped the attack.”

Schofield was stunned when the first words uttered by the woman was, "Whose dog started it?"

“Kramer has damaged shoulder tissue and a large puncture wound on his left ribcage, and he has had to go to the vet to get antibiotics and a wound shave and lavage. I am right royally hacked off,” said Schofield, who does not know the name of the woman.

She has notified dog control and asks if anyone knows a lady who walks in the area with several dogs to contact her.

“I have a substantial vet bill for her,” she said. “She is up there all the time. This isn't the first time. The golden-doodle charged Kramer when he was in my driveway. My main concern is that she does not appear to give a crap. We have neighbour kids that walk their dogs up there. This could have been a kid.”

Schofield expressed her frustration over people not controlling their dogs and not keeping them on a lead through social media, generating dozens of comments.

Sandra Sookavieff Lord said, “Regardless of who's dog started it, it's the person with the off-leash dogs fault and should be held accountable.”

Said Coralee Ann Richards, "I sure hope your dog recovers quickly . He is a beautiful dog. Let's hope this person is found and dealt with. I know it's frustrating, my dog is always leashed and he's a little guy, but he's been attacked by unleashed as well. People always say 'my dog is very friendly and would never hurt anyone', but you just never know so keep them leashed.”

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