A five-year-old boy suffered severe wounds to the face after being attacked by a dog in Shirley on June 24.
He was playing in his back yard on Anderson Road with his neighbour’s dog, a Chocolate Lab / Pit Bull cross when the incident occurred, said RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve Wright.
The dog suddenly bit the boy on the cheek, causing “severe lacerations” which required him to undergo emergency surgery that evening. Wright said the boy will be OK.
The authorities were notified by the boy’s father at 6:30 p.m. RCMP was then dispatched to the neighbour’s home, where they found the dog dead upon arrival.
“The dog was hung by the owner in the backyard,” said Wright, who added there were no witnesses.
The RCMP has turned the investigation over to the BCSPCA to look into the manner in which the dog was killed.
“The boy has played with the dog before, and this is the first time this has happened,” said Wright.