Owner shocked to hear description of dogs involved match his pets
Yesterday we told you the story of a deer attacked by two dogs in the Gordon Head neighbourhood of Saanich.
Animal control officers had to euthanize the deer.
Witnesses described the dogs as large, white samoyeds.
Now a man has come forward who says it may be his pets that were responsible.
Robin Scrimger of Saanich is the owner of is eight year old Buddha and four year old Foxie, two white samoyed dogs.
Tuesday’s incident occurred while the dogs were at a friend’s fenced in backyard.
“I felt terrible about what had happened but we live in the community,” he said.
“I have a young son myself, the dogs spend a lot of time with kids.”
When Scrimger heard that two dogs matching the description of his had attacked a deer near his home, he immediately phoned the Saanich Pound.
“Of course I am (shocked), I mean I’ve had Buddha since he was a puppy. Foxie, I just adopted this year, and we’ve never had any incident in the past at all.”
As a result, Susan Ryan with the Saanich Pound says they issued a release asking for the public’s help in locating the dogs’ owner.
“It’s not unusual for dogs to go after deer, but to attack and actually cause severe injury, yes,” she said.
“It can be really challenging to try separate the fact that a dog may be a perfectly lovely, wonderful family pet and still be capable of doing something like that.”
Dog training expert Jeff Reid explained that dogs’ instinctive prey drive is intensified in a pack.
“There’s a thing for dogs, it’s called predatory drift,” he said.
“It’s when things act like prey, they are more prone to be treated like prey. When you see an animal that startles and runs, quite often, that behaviour in itself is enough to provoke the dog into chasing.”
Robin Scrimger says he hopes his dogs were not responsible, but says coming forward is the right thing to do.
“I can’t say for sure but I can’t say not either, I didn’t witness it,” he said.
“I just wanted to make sure that I came forward because I have two dogs, we were in the neighbourhood and they were similar.”