Men injured in Vanier after 2 separate attacks by same dog

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Robert Page says he was 'fighting for his life' during a dog attack.  (Rachelle Elsiufi/CBC - image credit)
Robert Page says he was 'fighting for his life' during a dog attack. (Rachelle Elsiufi/CBC - image credit)

Robert Page felt like he was fighting for his life after an unleashed dog attacked him while he was walking to his car near Jeanne-Mance Street and Cyr Avenue in Vanier on Saturday.

"The dog comes out like a missile," Page said. "Then he started going for my throat … jumping in the air."

Page said the frightening moment lasted five minutes and landed him in hospital for more than 11 hours. He sustained injuries to his forearms and ankle, but is thankful his injuries weren't worse.

"My fists were closed. If my fist was not closed I would probably be missing some fingers," he told CBC.

Bruce McConville
Bruce McConville

In an emailed statement, Ottawa police said they received the call about "a dangerous dog" that attacked a man around 10 p.m. When officers attended the scene, they were able to locate the person in charge of the dog.

"The guardian informed us that the dog had now returned home and the officers followed the guardian to her residence," the statement said.

"When she opened the door, the dog ran past her and escaped into the street where he attacked and bit another man."

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'It could have been fatal' 

Bruce McConville, the second man attacked, spent 10 hours in hospital, and has bite marks on his right inner arm, left abdomen and injuries to his knees.

"The doctor at the Montfort Hospital says it's a fraction away from a major artery," he said. "It could have been a fatal injury."

Bruce McConville
Bruce McConville

Both men said not enough is being done to ensure this type of attack doesn't happen again. 

"It leaves the public, seniors and children vulnerable to repeated dog attacks," McConville said.

Bylaw issues muzzle order, $1,600 in fines 

After the second attack, OPS officers located the dog and used a stun gun.

"The deployment was successful and the dog ran back into the residence where he was secured," said the police statement.

Bruce McConville
Bruce McConville

Tania McCumber, acting director of bylaw and regulatory services, said that bylaw has "issued a muzzle order for the animal," in a written statement.

Five charges have also been issued under the animal care and control bylaw:

  • Two counts failure to ensure a dog does not bite or attack a person without provocation ($615 per offence).

  • Two counts failure to keep dog on leash and under control ($125 per offence).

  • One count failure to register a dog in the City of Ottawa ($125 per offence)

"BLRS reserves the right to charge under the Dog Owners' Liability Act (DOLA)," McCumber said in the statement.

"If the owner of a vicious dog is found to have contravened a provision of DOLA, or their dog has bitten, attacked or posed a menace to public safety, a mandatory destruction order may be issued by the court."

OPS and bylaw would not confirm the breed of the dog, but both victims believe it was a restricted breed in Ontario.

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