Dog owners speak out after deadly altercation at Kitsilano beach

The owners of two dogs involved in an incident that left one dog dead are speaking out.

A pit bull was stabbed to death after attacking a pug at Kitsilano beach Wednesday afternoon.

Pit bull owner Samantha Fairbridge says her dog Pandora was on a leash, but the pug was not.

But the owner of the pug named Winston says the animals couldn’t be separated and he did what he had to do to save the life of his dog.

Winston’s owner, a 72-year-old Vancouver man who did not want to give his name, told Global News his dog would be dead if he didn’t stab Pandora to death.

“I did not know what to do. My little guy was just screeching. I am still in a state of shock. I don’t know how that young woman is feeling. She was hysterical. I broke down this morning, just thinking about it. It was not my intention to go there and be like that.”

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Winston was rushed to a vet hospital, where he was treated for wounds to his ear and neck.

His owner says Winston is 19 months into cancer treatment and that he was not going to survive the attack.

But, the owner of the pit bull says her dog was murdered.

“My dog bit the pug on the ear and was not letting go off the ear,” says Samantha Fairbrige. “So the owner of the pug ran up and immediately pulled out a knife and began to stab my dog. As he was doing so, he was yelling, ‘you deserve to die.'”

The incident took place in a leashed area.

“This man should have had his dog on a leash,” says Fairbrige. “If he had, my dog would still be alive, I would still have my best friend to go home to.”

The BC SPCA will be conducting an investigation into whether the pit bull suffered unnecessarily.

With files from John Daly

Watch: Pit bull owner speaks up on Unfiltered with Jill Krop 

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