Teenager dies in dog attack

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MIDDLEMISS - A tragic incident involving a dog attack at a property near Middlemiss resulted in the death of a young woman from the nearby Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

On 1 April 2021 around 2:20pm, Middlesex OPP, along with Middlesex-London EMS, Southwest Middlesex Firefighters, Oneida Paramedics, and Air Ornge all responded to a call from 6422 Gentleman Drive. Megan Fisher, 17-years-old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem exam found that injuries sustained from three dogs on the property were the cause of death.

Middlesex OPP Constable Jeff Hare said the dogs are currently in a shelter under public health quarantine order. They are only being described as “large-breed dogs”. Police investigation is ongoing, with little details released at this time. It has been more than a decade since the last similar dog attack in the county, in Granton. Back then, it was aomng at least three similar dog attacks on people that were then linked to pit bulls. In this latest case the breed has not beem made public.

Megan is being remembered as a warm, caring, yet quirky individual who touched the lives of her many friends and classmates.

Stephanie Hambides, principal at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute - where Fisher attended school - wrote, “Meg loved to learn and will be remembered by those who knew her as a very kind and caring person who always put others first, and openly expressed her love for her family, friends, and teachers.” Fishers’ family has requested privacy at this time.

Constable Hare confirmed that Fisher was a visitor on the property where the attack took place. It has been reported elsewhere that the victim was a long-time family friend of the animals’ owner.

Southwest Middlesex Animal Control says the dogs involved were tagged and legal, and had no past complaints.

McKinley Leonard-Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner