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Dog owner charged after last month's attack in Toronto area

By KJ Mullins     Feb 13, 2011 in Crime
On January 19 three people were attacked by a dog left outside of a Vaughan convenience store at 80 Glen Shields Avenue. This week the owner of the German Shepherd was charged under the Dog Owners Liability Act by York Regional Police.
Leaving a 100 pound German Shepherd outside of a store untethered last month resulted in three people, including a 16-year-old girl being attacked.
The dog left the front of the store while his owner was inside claims a York Regional Police report when he saw the first victim walking nearby. The victim, a 16 year old girl had to be treated at hospital for injuries to her shoulder.
Just minutes later a man, 66, tried to enter the store and was attacked by the dog. Injuries to the man's neck and arm required more than 20 stitches.
Less than five minutes later that same dog attacked another person trying to enter the store. The female victim, 41, was able to take evasive action when the dog grabbed at her clothing escaping injury.
Shortly afterward the man and the dog left the area.
Vitalie Mazur, 41, of North York has been charged with three counts of failure to prevent dog from attacking person.
The owner had the dog euthanized by Toronto Animal Services on Monday, January 31.
"Residents are reminded not to approach any dog that is on the loose. If possible avoid the area where the dog is or try to keep a barrier between you and the dog like a vehicle, fence, door or clothing. Avoid looking the dog right in the eyes and avoid running away. You are better to stay still and try to back away slowly. Call Animal Control in your area as soon as possible," said Constable Rebecca Boyd in a press release.
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