Public Pressure beefs up investigation on lethal dog attack

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With regard to the death of a citizen’s Golden Retriever as a result of a pit bull attack on the 6th of October 2016 the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society has taken the matter very seriously since the incident occurred. They certainly sympathize with the owner and consider the incident a genuine tragedy (in essence the loss of a family member).

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service concurs with this belief. The Humane Society had refrained from commenting as they were fearful any disclosure would have jeopardized the investigation and hindered their ability to locate and seize the dogs. The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service respects that position taken by the lead agency and had not disclosed any information regarding the incident or our involvement out of the same concerns. However ongoing public interest demands some disclosure with regard to the investigation at hand.

The Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society has been aggressively pursuing the matter having obtained a Chiefs Order with assistance from the City Solicitor (subsequent to the Dog Owner’s Liability Act) to Seize and hold the dogs. This order had been previously signed by Chief Robert Keetch and is presently in effect. The Humane Society is aware of the identity of the owner and has been continuously active in their efforts to locate her and the dogs with the assistance of the City’s Legal Process Server. The owner is currently in possession of three white Pit Bulls. Unfortunately at times locating individuals is complicated. Often people avoid contact, have multiple or no addresses or go into hiding out of self-preservation. The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service with some assistance from the Ontario Provincial Police has in fact been attempting to locate the owner on the Humane Society’s behalf as well.

Having regard for the safety of the general public and other animals, all parties consider the location and subsequent apprehension of these dogs a priority. The Humane Society and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will continue with their efforts until the animals have been taken into custody. We encourage the owner of these dogs to contact the Humane Society or the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service so that this matter can be resolved.