Victim had been taunting canine, witnesses say
A dog owner had to strangle his own pet Rottweiler to death after it attacked a 40-year-old Carp man on Wednesday evening.
Police said yesterday that officers responded to an emergency call at a home on Howie Road, where a large, seven-year-old Rottweiler dog had attacked the homeowner. The dog was owned by a 25-year-old friend of the homeowner and was well-known to him.
Witnesses told police that the injured male had been drinking and began to taunt the dog. The dog reacted and attacked the man, causing severe but non-life threatening injuries to his left inner bicep, right forearm and right shoulder.
The dog’s owner strangled the animal to death in a bid to prevent it from further injuring his friend.
The injured man was transported to hospital by ambulance where he remains in stable condition.
No charges are anticipated at this time, but the Ottawa Humane Society is currently investigating the case, said OHS executive director Bruce Roney.
The press and public are too focused on situations involving one or two high-profile breeds, said Roney.
“Focusing on the breed is not the way to go,” said Roney. “If it’s the wrong situation with the wrong dog, it doesn’t matter what the breed is.”
While pit bulls and Rottweilers make headlines when they bite, Roney said, the City of Ottawa reports that the most common breeds cited in attack cases are Golden and Labrador retriever dogs.