Young buck enthanized after attack that leaves neighbours traumatized.
A vicious dog attack on a young deer has Saanich officials asking for the public’s help.
It happened Tuesday afternoon on a quiet, dead-end, street.
The attack was so severe, the year-old buck had to be euthanized.
Mary Griffin reports.
Deer are bountiful in Saanich’s Gordon Head neighbourhood.
During the day, they stroll down streets in search of food.
Resident Garry Skabeikis says they are a part of the neighbourhood.
“They are almost like pets in a way.
I can be in the backyard and there are deer nibbling on the apple tree ten feet away.”
But that changed Tuesday afternoon, down this alley in the 4300 block of Gordon Head Road for Suzanne Bulmer.
“I was just up looking out my window and just saw my two neighbours kind come through the fence over there.”
Bulmer watched as her neighbours ran into her garden to protect a deer under attack.
“Then I saw the deer, the two neighbours were just kind of guarding it.
It was completely laying down, and it’s rear end was just, it was horrible.
It was just horrible.”
Meanwhile, Scot Blanchet left his house nearby when he heard the noise.
“It just kept getting louder, and louder and louder.
Then when I got up to here, there was a shovel actually laying in the soil.
And I picked the shovel up, and went in and banged it on the rocks to get their attention.”
Blanchett and Bulmer say they couldn’t believe what they saw.
A young buck in the back yard, two dogs viciously mauling it.
“I scared one off.
It had a big patch of skin hanging off its tongue.
They had this wolf-ey look to them.”
“They were pretty traumatized.
They fought them off.
They chased them off the deer.”
Saanich Pound is now searching for the two dogs involved in the attack.
They’re described as white large “Samoyed-looking” dogs.
“The dogs had blood all over their faces, like the owners know what happened.
I had a walk around.
I haven’t seen those dogs before.
No-one has seen them around here.”
“It was very upsetting and I have a two year old grand-daughter.
And I worry so much about a little kid being in the yard.
When there are two dogs like that, they just get into attack mode.”
While dog attacks like this are rare, the consequences for their owners’ could be substantial.
Allowing dogs to harass wildlife is illegal.
Convictions under the Wildlife Act could reach $100,000 in fines, and up to one year imprisonment.