The Capital Regional District says the pit bull that attacked another in Saanich over the weekend has been voluntarily put down by the owner.
The incident happened around 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Reynolds Park in Saanich, where Tatiana Gregoryanz was walking her three greyhounds, including her one-year-old neutered male, Misha, who fell victim to the unexpected attack.
“They were sniffing grass, and all of a sudden this silver dog jumps, I believe, from under the bush. I didn’t see the dog until he attached himself to my youngest one-year-old greyhound,” Gregoryanz told CHEK News Wednesday.
She says it took four or five people to help pull the other dog off of Misha.
In an email to CHEK News, a CRD spokesperson confirmed the dog had been voluntarily put down.
On Thursday, Gregoryanz says Misha was able to be brought home to recover after he went through surgery for his wounds.
“We were very lucky to have emergency surgery done the same night, and I think because of how quickly and well it was done, Misha had the chance to start recovering,” she said on Thursday.
“In fact, last night, I brought him home, and he seems to be a lot happier at home. He definitely is slowed down and tense and anxious, but I think he appreciates being in the familiar environment and support of the other two dogs that we have.”
Gregoryanz says Misha had surgery on his neck for the injuries and also had stitches on his forearm.
Misha had just been adopted a few weeks before the attack, and the organization he was adopted from launched a GoFundMe to help pay for the vet costs.
Gregoryanz says due to donations to the GoFundMe, as well as people going directly to the vet to pay for portions, most of the vet bills have been paid for.
“I cannot even express my gratitude to people individually, but I wanted to make sure that they hear it from me how hugely supportive it was, in terms of money in terms of general everyday care and just emotionally,” she said. “It was very difficult experience to go through alone and having every bit of support was very good.”