Jeanette Plein refuses to take Bailey for a long stroll anymore.
She will only walk the six-year-old Basenji-Terrier-cross out of her building door and quickly lead her back inside.
“I’m just too scared,” said Plein, whose dog Bailey was bitten by another dog while walking on 121st Avenue in Maple Ridge on Friday around 7:30 p.m.
Bailey suffered several deep puncture wounds on her abdomen in the attack and required surgery and stitches.
A brown- and black-coloured dog pinned the much-smaller Bailey to the road and only let go after being pulled away by its owner.
Plein said the man offered to pay for Bailey’s vet bills, but she hasn’t been able to contact him since.
“If the owner hadn’t jumped on his dog, I’m sure Bailey wouldn’t be here,” said Plein, who has so far spent more than $500 on vet bills and medication.
The B.C. SPCA is looking for the owner of the other dog, which is believed to be a pit bull-cross.
Mark Vosper, who manages the Maple Ridge branch, said all dogs must be leashed in public areas, under the District of Maple Ridge bylaw.
The SPCA is asking the owner to contact staff at 604-463-9511 .