Saskatoon Dog Owner Seeks Witnesses After Pet Killed in Off-Leash Park Dog Attack | The Canadian News

A Saskatoon dog owner is seeking witnesses after his beloved companion was killed in a dog attack at an off-leash park.

On Tuesday, Blossom De Bruin took her 12-year-old dog, Jax, to the Sutherland Dog Park. The couple would go several times a week. He thought Tuesday would be a normal afternoon walk.

“We had just entered the park and two larger dogs came running and it happened very quickly,” De Bruin said.

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She said she tried to get the dogs, which appeared to be two pit bull-type breeds, from Jax.

“One of the dogs had it by the neck and the other by the abdomen and that dog finally picked him up and shook him back and forth in his mouth and his abdomen fell open,” he said.

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De Bruin took Jax to the veterinary hospital, but his injuries were too severe and he died on the operating table.

It still doesn’t feel real to her, she said.

“I saw him after it happened, I hugged him and said goodbye,” he said.

“I know I saw him like that, but I still hope to see him when I walk into the house, and it’s still very strange not having him around.”

De Bruin is a veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. He moved in with Jax from BC to finish his studies.

“I’ve worked with animals and I’ve seen pretty horrible things, but it’s different when it’s yours,” he said.


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Animal control is investigating the incident. Under Saskatoon’s dangerous animals statute, the dog owner may have to muzzle and leash or microchip their dogs and not take them to dog parks off-leash.

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They could also face a sum of $ 10,000 and the Court could order that the dogs “be destroyed or any other measure it deems appropriate,” according to the ordinance.

Gerry Bonsal comes to the park with his dog, Claire, quite often. He found out about the attack.

“When we got here, we said, ‘These are the few cars I’ve seen here in a long time,'” he said. “My wife was a little hesitant about coming here even though our dog is a bit bigger.”

He said that if an owner cannot control his dog, he should not come to the parks without a leash.

“Dogs are on the loose here,” he said.

“There are a lot of kids that are out here and they’re playing with dogs, the dogs are running up to them, and if these dogs are as ferocious as they seem … I’m concerned about the safety of the kids here.”

Jason Boehr brings his puppy, Bella, to the park. He agrees that owners should monitor their animals before taking them to more public areas like Sutherland.

“If a dog is violent, it must be on a leash,” he said.


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De Bruin said he wants to make sure the dogs that killed Jax don’t go back to dog parks off leash.

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“I just think it’s really important to preserve these parks as a place where people and their pets can come and feel safe and have fun and not have to worry about your best friend dying in front of you,” he said.

De Bruin remembers Jax as “the most versatile dog”. The couple would do a lot of things together.

“He just wanted to be close to me and that’s all that mattered. If I was there, he was fine, ”De Bruin said.

“He didn’t care if I slept all day or if we were hiking or even if he flew a lot on the plane with me … he was so calm because whenever he was with me that was all he needed.”

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A Go Fund Me was created for De Bruin to cover veterinary costs. It has raised over $ 5,700 as of Thursday afternoon.

The money will also go toward legal fees against the other dog owner. De Bruin said he plans to seek compensation. She is also asking witnesses to contact her or contact Animal Control. Your case number is on the GoFundMe page.

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Any remaining money will go to an emergency fund in Jax’s honor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine to help cover the costs of animals that need emergency care and are not owned or owned by owners.

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