Kelowna resident Yuli Lavigne is warning other dog owners to be alert. (Yuli Lavigne - Facebook)

Kelowna woman’s dog attacked by unlicensed pit bull: RDCO

Kelowna resident Yuli Lavigne shared a social media post detailing the attack on her dog

A Kelowna resident is warning other dog owners to stay alert when out with their pets.

Yuli Lavigne shared her experiences in a post on social media after her dog was allegedly attacked on the evening of Monday, July 6.

Lavigne wrote she and her dog were walking along Royal View Drive towards Knox Mountain Park when they saw a dog, which she believed to be a pit bull or bully breed, without a collar or a leash.

She stated she tried to avoid the dog coming towards her.

“Our dog was completely calm but suddenly, the pit bull charged and attacked our chocolate lab,” she wrote in her post.

“We struggled to restrain the pit bull from its vicious and damaging attack, and I fell due to this attack.”

The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) confirmed in a statement the dog was an unlicensed pit bull that had run out of a property from the area.

Lavigne said there were two other men in the area who helped her and her Labrador. She rushed her dog to the Fairfield Animal Hospital, where she said the pup had to receive surgery and stitches in multiple areas.

“The pit bull tore a portion of his left ear off, punctured and cut his left face and shoulder.”

“We are in shock and traumatized about what happened and want to warn the neighbourhood as it could be your dog or your family member at risk,” she said.

Dog Control has deemed the pit bull aggressive and is now investigating the incident.

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Twila Amato
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