Owner of Colwood pit bull that injured 4 says altercation spooked dog

Owner of Colwood pit bull that injured 4 says altercation spooked dog

File photo.

File photo.

The owner of a pit bull in Colwood that attacked four people early Saturday morning says an altercation was responsible for the incident.

West Shore RCMP say they and B.C. Ambulance responded to a residence on the 3000 block of  Pickford Road around 12:30 a.m. following reports of a dog attack with multiple injured people.

Officers say they arrived to 13 people, including adults and children, who had barricaded themselves inside the residence following an attack by what police say was a large 140-pound pit bull.

They say the dog’s owners were able to secure the dog inside a bedroom at the residence but sustained serious injuries including bite wounds.

The owner says an altercation between her fiancee and her dad who is also living in her suite caused the 120-pound pit bull to get spooked and attack to defend them — before biting multiple people including her.

She says the pit bull, which she got as a rescue from Vancouver in July, displayed no signs of aggression prior to the incident and that police were the ones to get the animal under control.

The owner adds that she surrendered the dog voluntarily and that it will be put down.

The Capital Regional Animal Control Officer, with the assistance of police, says they safely removed the animal following the incident and that those injured were taken to hospital.

“CRD Animal Control Officers have seized the Pitbull who had been recently adopted by the family as a rescue animal.  The attack started during some roughhousing between two intoxicated adult male guests at the party where it appears the dog was bumped into and became aggressive.  A review of attack and the dog’s history of aggression will be conducted by CRD Animal Control,” said Cpl. Chris Dovell of the West Shore RCMP in a statement.

The owner says she lives in the lower suite of the house, and that there was no party. The father was said to be trying to get away when the above home got involved where her mother, landlord and others live.

Police say the Ministry of Children and Families were contacted to review the safety of the children who were unharmed during the attack.

The owner says the children on the property were already in bed prior to the incident.

One intoxicated man was also arrested after removing his shirt and attempting to fight with officers following the incident.

The owner says the arrest was not related to the attack.


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