Preschooler seriously injured in dog attack at off-leash park in Mississauga
Police said the incident happened between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Parkway Belt Leash-Free Dog Park in the area of Highway 403 and Eglinton Avenue.
Phoenix Pike is the mother of Georgia Lund, the child who was attacked. Pike said Georgia was with her grandfather when the attack occurred.
Pike said her daughter suffered lacerations to the back of her head and several other parts of her body.
“The dog dragged Georgia down the hill about 25 feet and my dad chased them,” she said.
Pike said her father had to “kick the dog in the face a few times and get the dog off of Georgia.”
Georgia was taken to hospital with serious injuries and is currently listed in stable condition.
The owner of the dog briefly spoke with Pike’s father but he took off pretty quickly, she said.
“The owner of the dog came and said something to him – I’m not sure ’cause I wasn’t there – and then as he was trying to get information, he was talking to me on the phone and the medics were on their way… Then the owner just picked up the dog and ran,” she said.
Goergia’s prognosis, for the most part, is good according to Pike — she’s talking, eating and playing again. Pike said she’s more upset that the owner left them to deal with that situation without trying to help.
“I don’t understand why he took off anyway. Maybe he’s scared, maybe he just didn’t know what to do. We’re all put in that situation sometimes,” Arnold Lund, the child’s father, said. “The difference between a man and a boy is sticking around.”
The owner is described as a man of South Asian descent, in his early 20s, was is five-feet-six-inches tall and 180 to 200 pounds. He was clean shaven, had glasses and was wearing orange shorts.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
— With files from Shallima Maharaj
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