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UPDATED: Owner of large, off-leash dog that fatally mauled small pup in Saanich park identified

Owner turned themself in after incident at Mount Doug Park
Saanich police are investigating after a small dog was mauled and its owner was bitten in Mount Douglas Park by a large, off-leash dog April 6. (Photo via the Saanich Police Department)

The owner of a large dog that bit a park user and fatally injured another dog in Mount Douglas Park on April 6 has come forward and is cooperating with investigators.

On Friday (April 9) the Saanich Police Department called for the public’s help identifying the owner of a large dog that mauled a small dog at the summit of the park at about 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police said the small, leashed dog was attacked by the large, off-leash dog that animal control officers believe was not under its owner’s control. The small dog sustained serious injuries and had to be put down. The dog’s owner was also injured.

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Photos of the large dog’s owner were shared by police in hopes of identifying the individual. By Friday afternoon, the owner had come forward and is fully cooperating with Saanich Animal Control. The incident remains under investigation.

In Saanich, dogs must be kept on a leash or under some form of control at all times. For more information on the municipality’s rules for dogs owners, visit

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