(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A very upsetting incident unfolded yesterday evening in the 200 block of Blucher Ave.
Pina Bober tells us she was walking her dog Molly on a leash when a black pit bull came running towards her dog and bit down on Molly’s neck.
The pit bull would not let go “I started screaming in horror” Bober told TRCCTB.COM in an interview.
It is at this point that neighbours, including Stephen McNally, had come out to help, as well as the lady that owns the pit bull.
The pit bulls owner had ended the attack on Molly and had picked up molly.
Upon McNally’s arrival at the scene, he tells us that he took Molly out of the pit bull owners hands, and walked over to Bober. He said he could feel the heart of the animal faintly beating but could tell the dog was about to die, as her neck was visibly broken.
Lorianna McNally called the Thunder Bay Police Service and Animal Services immediately and tells us that the pit bulls owner called her a “Nosey B***H of a neighbour” for doing so, and not just taking some money.
“The pit bull had Pina’s dogs neck in its mouth and was just thrashing it around, back and forth,” McNally said in an interview with TRCCTB.COM.
Bober tells us that when she got her dog, Molly had taken her last breath, and passed away.
Matt, a neighbour in the area told TRCCTB.COM in an interview that the owner of the pitbull came rushing over to his house, and asked desperately for Matt to “hide my dog”. Matt refused and closed the door in her face.
Furthermore, Matt tells us this isn’t the first incident he believes that this pit bull has been involved in. He tells us that this dog also bit another dog, and a woman’s hand, which resulted in the woman needing stitches.
That incident is alleged to have been settled out of court for $1000.
Bober tells us that Animal Services and the Thunder Bay Police Service arrived shortly after the incident. McNally tells us that the police explained because the incident happened between dog-and-dog, as opposed to dog-and-human, that they cannot do anything about it unless directed by animal services.
Animal Services was seen on location, speaking with the owner of the pit bull, off their property, and did not visibly investigate the pitbull. Bober and McNally tell us that they just had a quick chat before they came to Bober’s residence, where “Luke, officer #6” dropped off three “witness statement” papers and his business card.
Bober tells us that animal services said they are “investigating”, and she was visibly upset as to the need for a longer term investigation, as her dog laid deceased in a box in front of the Animal Services officer.
McNally tells us that the backyard is wide open all the time, which enables the dogs to run out loose, and uncontrolled at any time, which is what happened here. He further tells us that the pit bull owner told him that her 7-year-old son was letting the dog out into the backyard and that the dog had run away on him, ultimately attacking and killing Molly.
Bober also made it abundantly clear, that she and her family are dog lovers, and have worked to rehabilitate and rescue numerous dogs over the years. She does not believe that pit bulls are bad dogs, or that any dog should be put down. She does note that all dogs need to be trained and loved properly, and indicated that the environment of this dog may not be a healthy one.
McNally tells us that himself, Bober, and the neighbourhood are “very concerned” that these aggressive dogs could attack a child next. He tells us that the pit bulls owner “..has three pit bulls, and cannot keep the under control”.
Below is the contact number “Luke Officer #6” left Bober to contact him at, it would be appreciated if anyone reading this would give “Luke Officer #6” a call, and let him know that this matter needs to be addressed promptly, as there is a neighbourhood of concerned parents worried about when this dog will run loose again, and possibly attack a child next.
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Animal Services: 684-2156 Luke Officer #6
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