A Canadian woman is at a loss for words following the tragic death of her beloved pet. According to the BC woman, an aggressive dog attacked & killed her dog while they were out for a walk. She is now attempting to change bylaws as the owners of the aggressive dog are not facing any repercussions for the incident.
Katelyn Dawn from Abbotsford, British Columbia is mourning the loss of her late family pet. On April 15, 2019, Dawn’s mother was out walking the 10-year-old Yorkie Chihuahua Mya. During that afternoon walk, an aggressive dog identified as a Mastiff mixed with a Lab charged out of an open gate towards them and it led to a tragic incident. Dawn has since recounted the entire event to Narcity in an attempt to raise awareness.
According to Dawn, her mother saw the dog coming and bent down to pick up Mya. While she was bending over, the dog charged and knocked the mother to the ground, causing her to hit her head sharply on the pavement. As she reached for Mya, it was too late.
Dawn claims that there was not just one, but two aggressive dogs. While her mother was down on the ground, a second dog was also jumping on her. While the dog did not bite the mother or Mya, it was said to be erratic. Dawn’s mother was screaming for help the entire time but her cries resulted in no action.
Only after Mya had passed did the dog owners came out of their home to call their dogs back in. Dawn stated that the residents hardly acknowledged her 63-year-old mother, who was lying there on the ground.
“He took the dog back on to their property, and stood, dumbfounded, on the other side of the fence, and watched me scream and cry as I realized my Mya was dead,” said Dawn’s mother.
Walking by the house where the incident took place was not a new thing to Dawn’s mother and the now late Mya. For the past several years, the duo had walked by the house numerous times. The dogs were loose on other occasions, but her mother was never warned by the owners that they may be aggressive.
Dawn is now calling for the city to change their regulations. According to the Fraser Valley Regional District’s animal control bylaw, dogs that are aggressive or dangerous must be kept in a six-foot by six-foot pen outside. They must also be muzzled at all times when off the owner's property.
According to Dawn, regardless of if their dog killed another, the owners will not be fined unless they break the rules. Dawn is now advocating for the dogs to be seized, however, this will not happen as the bylaw does not allow aggressive dogs to be seized without a warrant as they are considered property.
They have now joined a Justice for Molly group, which was previously formed after another small dog was killed by a different loose and aggressive dog. “We want the owners to be held accountable for their actions and we and to see faster action on seizing a dangerous dog from an irresponsible owner,” said Dawn.
An investigation is currently underway, after that officials will determine if the dog needs to be removed. “We want to see aggressive dogs seized from owners immediately while they do the investigation,” said Dawn. "Our family has a huge hole in it without Mya. And my mom is still traumatized by the attack. It’s going to take us a long time to heal, if we ever will."
Dawn and her mother are both concerned that the dogs who attacked their pet now have the opportunity to hurt someone else. “The animal control people told my mom that if she didn’t want to risk being attacked again, to find another route to walk.”