A dog was killed Tuesday afternoon after it was attacked by another dog in an off-leash area of the Esquimalt Lagoon.
Capital Regional District Chief Bylaw Officer Don Brown said animal control got a call about a “dog on dog” attack at around 12:30 p.m. Brown said a bulldog-type dog grabbed a terrier-type dog by its neck and shook it, which killed the smaller dog instantaneously.
“What apparently happened is a person with a bulldog-type dog was throwing a ball in an off-leash area, which is the area below the high-tide mark and this terrier dog was trying to get the ball,” Brown said.
“The person that had control of the bulldog actually put the leash on and moved further down the beach, not realizing the terrier dog was following them all along.”
The smaller dog was then attacked while trying to get the ball again.
Brown said the attack happened so quickly that no one was able to stop it. Both dogs were from the local area and Brown said the five-year-old bulldog-type breed did not have a previous history of attacking other dogs.
“Very unfortunate and untimely as well,” Brown said.
The owner of the bulldog-type dog has agreed to have the animal euthanized Tuesday evening, Brown said.
“There’s no charges contemplated here because it was an off-leash area and the owner was very co-operative,” Brown said.
Brown said the incident can be seen as a reminder to the public to watch their dogs for any interference with other animals.
“Sometimes dogs can be very possessive of toys or food so those are two things you have to be very careful of,” Brown said.