A routine trip to the Beban off-leash dog park turned horrific for Barbara Waine last week, when her canine was viciously attacked by a group of dogs that left him with wounds requiring emergency surgery.
Just before noon on Oct. 17, Waine's pet Russell, a Shar-Pei cross, was rushed to the vet after an unprovoked attack by several dogs at the park.
Waine incurred over $700 in veterinary bills for the surgery, anesthesia and subsequent hospitalization of her pet. The owners of the dogs who attacked Russell are unknown and have not come forward.
While the attack was taking place none of the other dog owners came to get their dogs," she said.
The vet informed her that one gash on Russell penetrated his left side by about six inches.
That wound required staples to shut while several others on the pet's side required stiches.
Waine's pet was placed on antibiotics and painkillers after the incident.
She called upon dog owners in Nanaimo who use the park to take better care of their animals and supervise them instead of allowing them to run rampant throughout the park.
"I am very traumatized. I will not be able to return to the dog park with Russell," she said. "All of this because of an irresponsible dog owner. There are many of them. When we were at the park, most of the people were not keeping track of their dogs.
Dogs are like children, they need supervision."
Waine said she had been at the park roughly 15 minutes before the attack.
Russell approached the group of dogs and barked once when a large black dog turned on him.
As many as eight dogs were involved in the melee and Waine and her daughter struggled alone to free their pet from the onslaught.
"The attacker meant business, it was not just a nip," she said. "A dog that does this type of attack has likely attacked other dogs previously."
While the Shar-Pei cross weighs approximately 17 kilograms, Waine estimated his attacker to be more than twice that.
She described him as a friendly and gentle creature who loves the attention of people.
Russell was adopted from a Victoria dog pound last winter when a previous family dog passed away from cancer.
Together Waine and Russell visited the Beban off-leash park almost weekly before the attack.
She estimated that between 12 and 14 people were there with their dogs that day.
Two people witnessed the event, including a woman with a golden retriever and a man, but none offered assistance or claimed responsibility for the attacking animal.
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