Saanich police are investigating a pit bull attack that left one dog with serious, life-threatening injuries.
At around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a report of a pit bull attacking another dog at Reynolds Park. Witnesses tell CHEK News the dog escaped from a yard that borders the park — and attacked a group of three on leash dogs that were with their owner.
Bystanders helped to pull the pitbull off the other dogs, but not before one of the leashed dogs suffered serious and life-threatening injuries.
One witness says the dog was rushed to the Central Veterinary Hospital with serious wounds to its neck and legs.
“From the standpoint of this being a nice neighbourhood park that we come to with our kids who are three and one-year-olds, we want to feel safe at this park,” said Tyler Carey, a Reynolds park user.
“Just encourage dog owners to know the temperament of their dogs and keep close monitoring of them, keep them on leash.”
Barb Budzki lives nearby and says she heard the attack.
“You can hear the yelping and people were saying ‘stop it, stop it,’ and then the police actually came,” said Budzki.
Police have identified the pitbull and are working with the Capital Regional District Animal Shelter to investigate.