The RCMP is looking for the owner of a larger dog who attacked and killed a small poodle Thursday night in Vermillion Provincial Park.
Grethe Bugera said she was walking her dog in the park when a larger dog, described as a yellow lab or retriever-type, came up from a pathway and attacked her poodle.
“This big dog came charging out of the pathway, the walking path in the park, and just attacked my poodle,” Bugera said.
“I tried kicking it and hitting it and just nothing. The dog was just interested in my dog.”
The 70-year-old dog owner said the attack went on for about five minutes.
“I was yelling, hoping somebody would hear me and come for help.”
She said a man came up from a path and took control of the larger dog.
“All he said to me was ‘My dog’s not vicious and your dog isn’t even bleeding,'” Bugera explained. “He was in such a hurry to disappear out of the way.”
A second man, walking a brindle-coloured boxer-type dog, arrived at the scene shortly after. RCMP believe the two men know each other and were in the park together.
The men reportedly left without helping Bugera or her dog.
“I said, ‘I think my dog is dead,’ and they just left,” Bugera said.
The men are believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s.
RCMP said the men might have not realized the extent of the poodle’s injuries.
Vermilion RCMP would like to speak with them.
Bugera said the Vermillion Provincial Park is not an off leash area. She hopes the incident will send a message to other dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash in areas where they are required to.
“If this dog had been kept on a leash, mine would probably still be alive.”
Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Vermilion RCMP at 780-853-4441. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online.