Dog attacks increasing

According to the Regional District of North Okanagan, in the first six months of 2016, 12 tickets were issued for dog attacks on humans and 12 tickets for dog attacks on other animals.

In 2015, 19 cases of people bitten or attacked by dogs were reported, while there were 35 reports of dog bites or attacks on other animals.

These incidents appear to be higher in frequency than in previous years.

“We are seeing more attacks. They are more frequent and more dangerous,” Pat Ellis of K-9 Control said. “More people are getting big protection-type dogs in general.”

Recent incidents:

  • A Bullmastiff attack on an elderly man in Vernon on Sept. 4 that left him with a shattered hip,
  • A Husky attack at Mutrie Road Dog Park at the end of September that left a small Shih Tzu dead, and
  • a June attack by a pit bull in Fintry that sent a man to hospital with serious injuries.

Prospective pet owners are reminded to research the dog that they want so they know its traits and how much exercise it needs.

2017 RDNO dog licenses will be out for sale on Oct. 15 – save by renewing or purchasing a new licence prior to January 1st.  You may now also purchase dog licences online.

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