An Edmonton dog owner is demanding tougher restrictions on aggressive breeds after his year-old mini labradoodle was attacked two weeks ago.
Serge Lutzak’s wife, Elaine Garcia, was walking their dog Mia about 4:30 p.m. on July 9 when a dog ran out of a house on 136th Street in Glenora and started biting Mia’s chest, side and leg.
A few seconds later, a second dog ran out to “join in the fun,” he said.
“(Garcia) was just panicked; she screamed, she yelled for help,” Lutzak said.
A resident ran out and pulled the dogs off Mia and then disappeared, Lutzak said. He believes the dogs were some kind of boxer mix.
They took Mia to an emergency veterinarian and racked up a $2,400 bill after she received more than 40 stitches.
When Lutzak later confronted the owner, the man appeared “appalled.”
“He was sick to his stomach that this occurred, and you know what, I took him for face value on that.”
Lutzak said the city’s animal control unit is investigating the incident, but told him this was the third time those particular dogs had attacked another dog.
“Do I now have to walk my dog with a baseball bat?” Lutzak said.
The animal control unit was not available for comment Monday night.
According to the city’s website, dogs are deemed restricted if they exhibit dangerous behaviour and are convicted under the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw. The owner must then acquire a restricted dog licence, liability insurance and muzzle the dog when off the owner’s property.
“You have to have them muzzled, but when they are in their house you don’t,” Lutzak said. “They inadvertently let the dog out and all hell breaks loose. There are some definite flaws in the system, and we’re still not satisfied with the response that we’re getting.”
Restrictions on dogs based on breed were lifted by the city in October 2012.