Cause of dog’s death unknown

How a pit bull that attacked a newspaper carrier last week died is uncertain.

How a pit bull that attacked a newspaper carrier last week died is uncertain.

Sarah Metzner, 15, was attacked on 117th Avenue as she was delivering newspapers July 24. The two-year-old  dog jumped through a screen door, clamped its jaws on to Metzner’s left hand and wouldn’t let go until a police officer attempt to pry open its grip with a baton.

The dog died shortly after, but police say they don’t know exactly how, adding that the SPCA would know that.

SPCA, however, say their role was limited in the incident.

“Respectfully, I will send you back to the police as to how their constable dispatched the dog,” SPCA chief enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty said Thursday.

Moriarty said when SPCA arrived on scene the dog was already dead.

But the SPCA never took custody of the dog, which was returned to the owner.

“I’m finding it odd, why are the police being like this?” Moriarty asked. “I can’t comment on how their officer killed the dog, presumably, they filed the report.”

Some neighbours say the dog’s throat was slit, but Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said no knife was used and that at some point soon afterwards, the dog died.

Dunlop, though, said the police report doesn’t say what exactly led to the dog’s death and that a necropsy is needed for that.

“I’m not a vet or a person to determine what that could be. When you look at cause of death, it’s contributing factors. I can only say that it happened during that period of time.”

As for the officer’s report, “What it says is the baton was used to pry the dog’s mouth open.”

It also says a makeshift muzzle was used to control the animal.

The report doesn’t say what caused the dog’s death.

“We would never say that for sure.

“It’s something that’s difficult to answer. Because you had a number people involved, you had pressure on the dog. You had it being held in different places likely.

 

Just Posted

Moonstruck amateur historian chronicled lunar missions

Maple Ridge man’s 50-year-old scrapbook under the gavel on anniversary of the moon walk

Head of Ridge Meadows Sally Ann moving on

Darrell Pilgrim has taken new post on the Sunshine Coast

Campers forced to leave property after reports of trash being thrown in Fraser

A crew was on site Monday to clean out the wooded area in Maple Ridge

Charge laid in Abbotsford motorcycle crash that killed Maple Ridge woman

Megan Kinnee, 19, died in collision on July 13, 2018

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

Most Read