Confirmed: Caught and Released
UPDATE 08/19/08: The Vancouver Sun newspaper confirms that the man caught on August 11th was indeed Hal Harris. But information is still unclear. For instance, Harris was released even though he fled the scene after multiple attacks. Various court papers have been filed, but few shed light on why Harris was let go. Authorities did confiscate his dogs. The dogs have been linked to eight serious attacks.
08/12/08: Man Questioned and Released
Surrey, B.C. - In relationship to a recent pit bull attack, the Surrey RCMP has issued a statement. The man questioned might be the owner of the multi-attacking pit bulls -- a single pit bull owner with a pack of dogs that has attacked innocent people and pets at least 8 different times. On August 2nd the man was identified as Hal Harris through license plate checks and is thought to have five to eight pit bulls.
Surrey: On August 10, 2008 Surrey RCMP responded to the area of 146 Street and 80a Avenue to a report of a male who had been bitten by several pit bulls. The victim, a 39-year-old male, and his dog sustained numerous bites. The male declined medical treatment by EHS and his dog was taken to an area veterinarian. The suspect fled the scene with his dogs. A partial description of the suspect and his vehicle was obtained.
On August 11, 2008, the Vancouver Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle matching the description in the 2400 block of Bayswater Street. The members on scene located one male and four pit bull dogs. At the request of the Surrey RCMP, Vancouver Animal Control took custody of three adult pit bulls and one pit bull puppy. The male was questioned and released. Police are not in a position at this time to release the name of this individual, as this matter is still under investigation by the Surrey SPCA and charges have not yet been laid. Surrey RCMP is assisting the Surrey SPCA in their investigation.
07/31/08: Coverage of Pit Bull Attacks and SPCA Issues in Surrey, BC