LETHBRIDGE: The Lethbridge Animal Shelter and city regulatory department are looking into an incident Tuesday night in a west side park.
Just before 7 o'clock in William Pearce Park in Riverstone, John Sikking says what looked like a "big black lab, kind of cross dog with long black hair" ran up to him and attacked his much smaller dog. He noted that all dogs in the park must be kept on a leash, and that the attacking dog did not have one on.
He continued on with what happened next, "The other dog just ran up and grabbed my dog around the belly and the back. I had to kick the dog to get her to let go, and my dog was yelping and screeching on the ground. I grabbed my dog, and then the dog came back to try to get at us again and I had to punch the dog in the head to get it to go away, and the dog snapped at me."
Sikking stated that the owner of the other dog came up, but that he ran off with his dog to get it to the vet without talking to them.
He added that his dog required surgery, racking up a $2,100 bill, which he said will likely rise as treatment continues.
Sikking is asking anyone who saw the incident or knows the owners to come forward and contact the Lethbridge Animal Shelter or city bylaw services.