Do Animal Agencies and Public Safety Mix?
Surrey, BC - In September of 2007, an RCMP officer in Surrey shot and killed a pit bull that had threatened to attack a woman who was already being mauled by two dogs in her home. The victim, who takes in previously abused dogs, was being bitten on the arms and legs by two of the adopted animals. The agency from which they were adopted is unknown.
The officer fired a single shot, killing a third dog that was acting aggressively. The officer pulled the injured woman out of the house and locked the other dogs inside, before administering first aid. The woman was then hospitalized, but the article does not specify her name or the nature of her injuries. Meanwhile, the SPCA took custody of the remaining dogs.
Lorie Chortyk, a spokesperson for the SPCA, offers a typical, reckless response to the attack. Maybe after the Bajwa family attorney sues the Surrey SPCA this response will shift. It's people like Chortyk and various animal advocacy organizations -- folks who whitewash the pit bull problem -- that ensure the appalling pit bull "mauling engine" continues.
She said the attack, "shouldn't dissuade people from adopting or fostering pit bulls."
05/25/08: Bajwa Family Plans to Sue the City of Surrey, the SPCA and RCMP
05/09/08: I Was Almost a Goner Says Sean Bajwa After Attack