Garden River family pet dies violent death
Every morning for the past ten years Dave Jones, of Garden River First Nation, has been letting his dog out. The other morning it turned into disaster.
"Within minutes, someone was calling for Jones to come outside. Dayton, a rare red-nosed pit bull terrier, lay dying in the street, his intestines spilling out onto the snow, one ear torn off and the other hanging by just a flap of skin.
Jones knew who the culprits were, two dogs that had attacked other dogs before.
"If a person had been bitten, officers could apply the provincial Dog Owners Liability Act, but it doesn’t cover animals being attacked.
So we would say, tie up your dog, or build a fence, but "Nothing is forcing them to tie their animals up, though. Sgt. Paul Syrette, the APS Garden River detachment commander, said their hands are tied because the First Nation has no bylaws similar to many municipal edicts requiring dog owners to leash their pets.
"The Anishinabek Police Service will not lay charges. The owner of one of the animals has already had it put down, and the other has had his animal quarantined and set to be killed shortly."
There isn't a problem with wandering dog packs according to Syrette, there are many good dog owners, himself included.