The owner of a Rottweiler puppy has been issued a warning after the dog scared a mother and child and took a bite of the young boy’s boot.
A West Shore RCMP officer rescued a woman and her three-year-old child from an overzealous Rottweiler puppy lunging at them near the intersection of Glen Lake Road and Monnington Place last week.
Police received a report around 4 p.m. Thursday that a large dog was growling and trying to bite a child. The eight-month-old pup had taken a bite of the boy’s rain boot and was jumping up on him. The mother was frightened and put her son on the roof of a car.
West Shore RCMP spokeswoman Nancy Saggar said the woman was trying to protect herself and her child from the dog by throwing branches and sticks to distract it and get it to back off.
The police officer leashed the dog and turned it over to Capital Regional District Animal Control.
CRD chief bylaw officer Don Brown said the dog was very friendly, playing around with everybody.
“But this dog is huge. And because of its size, it obviously frightened the woman and the child. It pulled one of the boots off the child and bit through the boot. I guess the dog thought it was a toy,” Brown said.
The dog jumped right into the CRD truck and was taken to the shelter. The owner came the next day and paid the licensing and impound fee. CRD Animal Control issued him a dangerous dog caution.
“We also suggested that he should probably get some training for it because it’s only eight-months-old or even get it neutered because that tends to quiet dogs down a little bit,” Brown said.
The dog’s owner moved recently and is staying with family members. It could be that the dog was trying to run home to where it lived before, Brown said.
“Other than the hole in the boot, it turned out OK,” he said.