recent attack in a Surrey park that left one dog dead and another injured has the animals’ owner pleading for those responsible to come forward and turn themselves in.
In a notice posted at the entrance to Tynehead Park, Surrey resident Yoshiko Lee recounted the story of how her dogs were attacked last Wednesday as she was enjoying her usual dog walk in the park.
As she made her way around the park, Lee wrote she noticed a woman walking two leashed pit bulls.
As Lee and her dogs passed the woman, the pit bulls pulled away from their handler and attacked, first grabbing Lee’s Yorkshire terrier, Keepher, by the head and throwing it. Then the dogs turned their attention to Lee’s sheltie, Buddy.
“I saw the powerful jaw of the pit bull latched onto Buddy and I kicked and stomped its face,” said Lee in her notice. “‘Help me! Help me!’ I screamed for help, but no one was around.”
According to Lee’s notice, the pit bulls’ handler was unable to control her dogs and, fearing for the safety of herself and her other dogs, Lee then left the area as Buddy continued to be mauled.
“All I could do was leave Buddy and remove myself from the deadly situation with my injured Keepher and Blue [her other dog],” Lee wrote.
Lee then called 911 and as she was on the phone, noticed the woman with the pit bulls beginning to leave the scene. As Lee pleaded for the woman to stay, the pit bull handler ran across the street with her two dogs and disappeared into a nearby property.
According to Kim Marosevich, manager for Surrey Animal Control, an investigation is underway and animal control is looking for the woman and the dogs.
“I wish I could say the incident has been resolved but we do still have an active investigation underway,” Marosevich said. “The person in care and control of the attacking dogs left the scene, so we have a description and some leads that we are actively pursuing, and that is where the file is at right now.
“It’s probably one of the most serious types of files our officers would have to deal with.”
As for the nearby property the pit bull handler ran to, Marosevich said while there are two dogs registered to the property, there doesn’t appear to be any on site at the moment.
Marosevich also said animal control officers were unable to locate any residents on the property when visited.
“We’re continuing to follow the other pieces of information we may have here and whether or not the dogs registered to that property were the ones involved in the attack,” she said. “It is possible at this time the dogs are no longer in Surrey, but that doesn’t prevent us from our enforcement actions.”
The woman-at-large is described as a 40 to 50-year-old Caucasian, weighing around 140 to 150 pounds and standing between five feet and five feet, five inches tall. She is also described as having shoulder-length, bleached-white hair. The pit bulls in question are both adults and are all-white.
Anyone with information about the pit bulls or their owner is asked to call the Surrey Animal Control office at 604-598-5891.
The Surrey Now has reported no less than 16 local attacks involving pit bulls in the past decade:
Sept. 19, 2012: Two pit bulls maul two other dogs in Tynehead, killing one.
Aug. 23, 2012: A pit bull bites a four-year-old girl on her neck in White Rock. Her wound requires 40 stitches.
Aug. 6, 2010: A pit bull attacks a police dog in Newton.
Apr. 23, 2010: A pit bull bites a 22-year-old Surrey woman’s face in Whalley.
Apr. 17, 2009: A pit bull bites a three-year-old boy’s face in Whalley, puncturing him just above his lip and below his eye.
Nov. 25, 2008: Three pit bulls maul a Doberman in Newton.
Aug. 12, 2008: A pack of pit bulls attack a man and his dog in Newton.
July 22, 2008: A Surrey Mountie shoots a pit bull in Newton, claiming self-defence.
May 4, 2008: A pair of pit bulls rip into an 11-year-old boy while he’s playing in a schoolyard in Whalley. Their bite marks required more than 100 stitches to close.
Sept. 11, 2007: A Surrey Mountie shoots a pit bull in Whalley, claiming self-defence.
Aug. 3, 2007: A pit bull jumps a fence and kills a neighbour’s dog.
March 31, 2007: A pit bull attacks a horse in Delta, seriously injuring it.
July 16, 2005: A pit bull jumps out of a car and attacks a greyhound in Green Timbers.
Feb. 23, 2005: A pit bull menaces other pit bull in Surrey. Owners lock theirs up “to prevent a possible blood bath.”
Jan. 26: 2005: A pair of pit bulls leap a chain link fence and attack a German Shepherd in its back yard in North Delta, leaving its owner with a $455 veterinary bill.
June 11, 2003: A 15-year-old boy is bitten by a pit bull while the teen was rollerblading in Newton. The dog was on a long leash when it chomped him on his upper leg.