Tuesday, October 11, 2016

VERNON BC CANADA - A BULLMASTIFF RAN OUT ON AN 84-YEAR-OLD MAN OUT FOR A MORNING WALK - IT KNOCKED HIM DOWN A SLOPE AND BIT HIM CAUSING HIM TO SHATTER HIS HIP

Vernon dog attack victim Doug McNeil


A family in Vernon, B.C., is taking legal action after a dog attack last month left an 84-year-old man with a broken hip.


Doug McNeil was injured on Sept. 4 when he was out for a morning walk and was knocked down by a BULLMASTIFF.
"This large bullmastiff dog came out, ran out and attacked him and knocked him down the slope," said his wife Joyce McNeil.
When her husband put up his hands to protect himself, the dog bit his arms and three men had to pull the animal away, she said.
"They could see that he was badly hurt, he couldn't get up," she said.
Her husband's hip was shattered and required a replacement. He spent almost three weeks in hospital and now needs home care.
"It's changed our life completely," said Joyce McNeil. "I don't know if he'll ever walk properly again, I'm not sure."
"He's lost a tonne of weight. He's not in good shape. If he hadn't been a strong 84, I don't know that he would've survived."
The McNeils have hired a lawyer and hope to get financial compensation for medical costs.
The dog owner, who is from Alberta, has been fined, and was apologetic, said Pat Ellis, the dog control contractor in Vernon.
"He was quite upset, he said this has never happened before with this dog," said Ellis.
A muzzle order has been placed on the animal.
Still, Joyce McNeil wants her family's story to serve as a warning to other dog owners.
"I think it's a responsibility, if you own a large dog, to keep it under control," she said.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A permit should be required to own a giant dog just like one needs a permit to own a large carnivorous exotic animal.

With all the dog breeds to choose from, it seems silly to choose a breed that would be impossible for you to control if it decides to attack someone.