"Aggressive dog" shot in Surrey after biting bystander and charging officer: RCMP

Oct 15 2019, 4:01 pm

Police are reporting that an officer was forced to shoot an “aggressive dog” over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

According to Cpl. Elenore Sturko, from the Surrey RCMP, the incident took place on Sunday at 11:40 am, in the area of 128 St at 16th Avenue in South Surrey.

“There was an aggressive dog that bit an individual,” she told Daily Hive in an interview. “The person who was bit called RCMP and Animal Control was also dispatched.”

Cpl. Sturko said that upon arrival, the frontline officer located the animal and saw it being aggressive, with a three-year-old child nearby. The dog reportedly charged at the officer, who used their firearm as a protective measure.

The dog was removed from the scene and was alive at the time of the incident, but has reportedly passed away since. Its exact breed was not specified, although RCMP has said that it was a large, mixed-breed dog.

“It’s unfortunate,” Cpl. Sturko stated. “An officer never wants to use their firearm but only does so when there’s a sincere threat to the public. We’re fortunate that aside from the one person that got bit, no other individuals were harmed.”

She also says that both Animal Control and the Surrey RCMP are in the midst of ongoing investigations.

“I have no update as to what’s been completed, but the RCMP is following up with the owner of the animal and the individual that was bitten.”