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Pit bull kills small dog

Lauren Carter Special to The Packet & Times

A pit bull attacked and killed a small dog near a north-end apartment building Wednesday evening.

Samantha Linn, who lives at Overend Place at 26 Fittons Rd. W. where the attack took place, called 911 when she heard cries for help coming from below her window.

"I heard screaming. I saw two women hunched over (the dog) and the pit bull and I thought it was attacking a kid," Linn said.

"The (pit bull) shook it and shook it. There was blood everywhere," said Linn, still visibly distraught on Thursday.

The OPP arrived at 7 p.m. and held the dog for the Orillia branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). The pit bull is currently being housed at the OSPCA shelter.

OPP spokeswoman Wanda Peirce expected a report on the incident to be filed Friday.

The pit bull had only been living in the apartment building for a couple weeks, said Clarence Totten, superintendent of the building.

Totten's wife owned the deceased dog, Max, who was six years old.

"We've had that dog since he was a puppy," he said.

"I hope to God that (pit bull) was put down."

The couple's son, Mike, who lives with them, missed witnessing the attack by seconds. "It wasn't that dog's fault. That's the way they are. It's the owners.

"But it could happen to a child. My five-year-old daughter walks with my mom and her dog every day."

Linn, a mother, agrees. "Who's to say it couldn't be a kid? I'll move out of here before I let that dog come back."

American pit bull terriers are controlled under the Dog Owners Liability Act. Pet owners are prohibited from owning and breeding pit bulls, but pit bulls born before late November 2005 are legal, provided they are muzzled while off their property and properly leashed.

This pit bull was a senior dog and was wearing a muzzle that came off during the attack, said OSPCA agent Clancy Martin. "It has been deemed a legal dog."

The OSPCA currently has no legal right to hold the dog. If the owner does not claim the pit bull after five days, it legally becomes the property of the OSPCA. "At this point, it is highly unlikely the dog would go up for adoption," said Martin, who expects the dog will be euthanized.

"You just can't take that risk."



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