WATCH: Three-year-old’s father speaks out after disturbing dog attack on the Malahat First Nation. Tess van Straaten reports.
A concerned father is speaking out, after his little girl was attacked by a dog on the Malahat First Nation.
“She got 22 stitches and I believe three on the inside of her mouth,” Francis George says of his daughter Samantha.
The three-year old was playing in a friend’s yard Wednesday morning on the Malahat Reserve when their dog — said to be a German Shepherd — bit her several times in the face.
“She ran towards her mother and there was blood everywhere, it was all over her face,” explains George. “I was pretty scared.”
Samantha was rushed to Victoria General Hospital where it soon became clear she was one lucky little girl.
“Extremely lucky,” says George. “An inch higher and she could of got bit in the eye and any lower it could’ve been up her jaw or her neck.”
Samantha’s family says the dog in question — which belongs to a band council member — has bitten at least two other people so her dad says he called the RCMP and Animal Control to see if it could be put down.
“The RCMP told me that I have to go talk to the Chief and councils but it’s his dog,” says George, raising concerns about a possible conflict of interest. “Animal Control said they same thing — it’s up to the band office.”
CHEK News went to the Malahat band office but our camera crew was told no one was available for comment. People that know the dog say it’s being moved around to hide it and they agree the dog is dangerous and needs to be put down but no one wanted to go on camera.
“Council’s moved their dog down to their dad’s place,” George alleges. “I knew they weren’t going to do nothing about it.”
That’s why George is speaking out — hoping that bringing the story to CHEK will prevent another attack.
“I’d like to see it put down or moved off the Rez,” he says. Are you worried it could bite another child? “Yes.”
After our visit, the Malahat Nation set out a statement saying it was a “regrettable and isolated event” and that the dog “is known to be friendly.”
Officials say they’ve asked the RCMP and SPCA for guidance on how to handle the situation.
As for Samantha, she’s still having nightmares and it’s likely the psychological scars will last longer than the physical ones.