Jeanine Armillotta’s dog Quila was attacked and injured by a pit bull at Canoe Beach on Aug. 31. (Contributed)

Small dog attacked by pit bull at Salmon Arm beach

Owner says her dog was pounced on by a larger dog owned by people camping on beach

The dog control officer in Salmon Arm is following a report of an alleged pit bull attack on a small dog at Canoe Beach.

The alleged incident led to the injury of a visitor’s small mixed-breed dog.

Jeanine Armillotta was on the first day of a visit to the Shuswap and taking her small and elderly dog Quila for a walk in the off-leash portion of Canoe Beach on Aug. 31.

Armillotta said the dog, which she beleived to be a pit bull, was tied to a log near a tent where people appeared to be camping on the beach.

She said the large dog charged Quila, dragging the log, and quickly bit down on the back of her neck. “I was trying to hit the dog off her,” Armillotta said.

“I was screaming because this dog was going to kill my dog.”

Armillotta said the pit bull’s owner came over after a few seconds and had to bite his dog on the back of its neck to get it to release the smaller animal.

She said Quila ran away and was found by Armillotta’s parents who had just arrived at the beach.

Armillotta and her mother returned to the tent where she said the occupants became hostile and hurled threats at them.

Read More: Erosion, flooding push Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail estimate to $22.9 million

Read More: Vancouver to Sicamous: a backroads journey by bicycle

Armillotta placed a call to police and they directed her to the local dog control officer.

She said there was not an immediate response from either dog control or the city bylaw office.

Bob Cline, who works for the BC Commissionaires providing dog control for Salmon Arm and the surrounding area, said he visited the area of the attack on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and Wednesday, Sept. 2, but the dog owners had moved on by then. He described the dog he was looking for as a brown and white pit bull

City of Salmon Arm bylaw officer Marcel Bedard said the remains of the campsite on the beach were cleaned up on the morning of Sept. 2.

Meanwhile, Quila was taken to the Shuswap Vet Clinic for treatment.

Armillotta said she assumed Quila’s injuries were massive because of the amount of blood she was losing, but in fact once the vet had cleaned the injured area one large puncture wound as well as bruising was found.

The dog is recovering and being treated with pain medication and antibiotics.

Read More: Suspected arsonist arrested after fleeing from Penticton RCMP

Read More: Statistics Canada says merchandise trade deficit $2.45 billion in July

Cline said he has the power to issue a $200 ticket once he has located the people and their dog and could also seek a court order to have the dog declared dangerous or have it euthanized.

He had not located the pit bull or its owners as of the morning of Sept. 3.

Armillotta said she feels as though the dog attack has all but ruined her annual trip to the Shuswap.

She expressed disappointment with the way the attack was handled and what she feels is a lack of transparency and consistency on behalf of the city and the dog control service.



jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Dogs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Volatile enrolment leads to loss of teaching staff at three North Okanagan-Shuswap schools

Three quarters of students using online learning program expected to return to class

Shuswap 4-H Club members’ projects up for auction

Second-year club member Kayleigh Stockbruegger selling lambs Olaf and Nacho Cheese

Morning Start: One Year on Uranus Is 84 Years on Earth

Your morning start for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Age requirement for firefighters in Salmon Arm lowered

Three-month probation period replaced by longer recruit training

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Kelowna man’s child porn collection ‘traversed the spectrum of depravity,’ court hears

Terry Krock was caught in possession of between 7,000 and 12,000 child porn files

COVID-19 exposure at Merritt pub

The exposure happened on Sept. 19 at the pub of the Coldwater Hotel

No one found in creek in Vernon water rescue ‘so far’: deputy fire chief

First responders are responding to reports of an individaul stuck in the creek

Police watchdog investigating after man injured in Penticton RCMP cells

Man suffers serious injuries after being lodged into cells at the detachment

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Four more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 31 active cases in isolation in the health region

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Most Read