Saturday, August 2, 2008
UPDATE 08/02/08: Hal Harris is believed to be the owner of the pit bulls responsible for eight different attacks. Harris was identified through licence plate checks and is thought to have five to eight pit bulls. He was seen driving a 1995 green Dodge Caravan and is listed as living at 2048 Weiler Ave. in Sidney, B.C. He's described as about 55 years old, tall and slim, with long grey curly hair and a beard.
07/31/08: Pit Bull Owner Uses False Names
Upon publishing our last post, new information was released that sheds light on the matter. Partly why the the pit bull owner has been able to elude authorities is because he has been using false names and addresses. Victoria officers that did find the man were unaware of the violent history. As soon as they became aware of it, the man had fled again.
The victim in Surrey -- whose dog was killed by the man's pit bulls -- thinks that after the pit bull owner's dogs killed the American Eskimo dog named Sofi, Victoria officials should have seized the pit bulls immediately. David Voss, the owner of Sofi agrees. But because Voss's small dog was unleashed at the time of the attack (and the pit bulls were not), his dog was considered the aggressor.
07/31/08: Officials Can't Locate Man (Again)
Victoria, BC - The owner of a band of vicious pit bulls eludes officials in BC again, and his dogs continue to unleash terror. The pit bulls' first violent strike occurred last August in Surrey, BC. There have since been seven more attacks. Two of the attacks injured a jogger and a cyclist and the rest targeted other, smaller dogs, killing two in total.
The last attack occurred in Victoria on July 7th and killed a mini American Eskimo dog. The owner, who may own up to seven pit bulls, reportedly received 50 stitches after trying to pull his dogs off the smaller dog. By the time bylaw officers went to the dog owner's address in Sidney, BC, the day after the attack, the man had fled with the dogs, which had been declared "dangerous."
Authorities caught the man once, declared his dogs "dangerous," the dogs attacked again and the man fled again.Currently, eight separate attacks are attributed to the owner of these vicious pit bulls. The owner has also fled multiple attack scenes. It is unclear why BC authorities did not seize these dogs prior to the eighth attack and place the man in jail. It is reported that the region's bylaw service has finally put out a warrant to seize and euthanize the animals. (Better late than never.)
Surrey is also seeking charges and if convicted, the man could face fines, be barred from owning animals in the future and face charges of criminal negligence. The BC SPCA is working with Surrey RCMP and regional SPCAs to try to capture the man and his dogs. Except that dog owner was caught once and it appears that authorities did little to penalize him.
07/31/08: Coverage of Pit Bull Attacks and SPCA Issues in Surrey, BC
| 7/31/2008 9:33 PM |
This is why they need to skip the declaration of "dangerous." If the dog is dangerous enough to be declared dangerous, he's dangerous enough to be removed at the time of the first incident.
| 8/02/2008 2:48 AM |
The man, believed to be named Hall Harris, is described as 50 to 60 years old with long, grey, wavy hair and a grey beard. He is tall and slim and was most recently seen driving a 1995 green Dodge Caravan.
| 8/02/2008 8:35 AM |
This is what I don't understand. Many places now have Dangerous Dog laws where a dog can be officially labeled Potentially Dabgerous or Vicious, depending on the circumstances. One of the reasons your dog can be termed Potentially Dangerous is if it was trained or encouraged to be a threat to people or other animals, or a fighting dog. Well, pit bulls are fighting dogs by instinct, shouldn't they all then fall under the Potentially Dangerous definition automactically? These dogs would then have to have a higher license fee, muzzled in public, have a backyard enclosure, or whatever else the law says to do with these types of dogs. No other law is needed, it's not even breed specific.
| 9/21/2009 1:42 PM |
CRD TAKE NOTE OF THIS COMMENT!
Owners of dangerous breeds of animals should be made to purchase at least $1,000,000.00 in liability pet insurance & show proof of same to purchase pet licence & be required to leash & muzzle their dog outside their home & in the company of children! Then there's the pet security dep when renting property... As a dangerous pet owners they should NOT be able to rent in high density properties such as apts, co-ops, etc. They shold be limited as to where they can excersize their dogs off leash too. Off leash should not mean off muzzle either...
That is to say you may wish own a dangerous animal BUT you must be a responsible owner.