Dog attack in Mississauga park leaves 3-year-old girl in critical condition

Dog attack in Mississauga park leaves 3-year-old girl in critical condition
Three-year-old girl in hospital after vicious attack at Mississauga dog park
Peel Regional Police are trying to track down a big dog and its owner after a dog attack in a Mississauga park left a young child with critical injuries.

The incident occurred just after 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Parkway Belt dog park in the area of Eglinton Ave. and Hwy. 403, not far from Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

Peel Const. Akhil Mooken said the child, a 3-year-old Mississauga girl, was with her parents in the leash-free dog park when a black and white Husky bit the child.

A black and white husky allegedly attacked the child, who was with family members visiting the Parkway Belt Leash-Free Dog Park near Eglinton Avenue East and Highway 403 on Sunday afternoon between 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Peel Region Paramedics rushed the child to the Hospital for Sick Children with critical injuries that included puncture wounds to her body, Mooken said.

The girl suffered several puncture wounds, Const. Akhil Mooken told CTVNews.ca. She was initially taken to a local hospital before being transported to a trauma centre in Toronto.

He is described as a South Asian man, in his early 20s, and was wearing orange shorts at the time of the attack.

The dog grabbed her on the back of the neck and bit her and then dragged her 25 feet down the hill, the girls mother, Phoenix Pike, told CTV Toronto.

“Just terrible,” said Jona Steele on Twitter. “I use that park all the time.”

There is a sign on the fenced perimeter of the park warning residents to enter at their own risk as the area permits dogs to roam leash-free.

They need to be held accountable, Pike said of the dogs owner. "It was such a vicious attack that she was put through."

Anyone with information can call police at 905-453-2121, ext. 1233 or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Louie Rosella is a reporter with The Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian. Email: [email protected]

A three-year-old girl named Georgia was bitten at an off-leash dog park in Mississauga on Sept. 23, 2018.

Peel Regional Police are trying to track down a big dog and its owner after a dog attack in a Mississauga park left a young child with critical injuries.

A three-year-old girl is in stable condition after being bitten by a dog at a Mississauga, Ont., park.

The incident occurred just after 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Parkway Belt dog park in the area of Eglinton Ave. and Hwy. 403, not far from Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

Peel Const. Akhil Mooken said the child, a 3-year-old Mississauga girl, was with her parents in the leash-free dog park when a black and white Husky bit the child.

“I don’t understand why he took off anyway. Maybe he’s scared, maybe he just didn’t know what to do. We’re all put in that situation sometimes,” she said. “The difference between a man and a boy is sticking around.”

Peel Region Paramedics rushed the child to the Hospital for Sick Children with critical injuries that included puncture wounds to her body, Mooken said.

Goergia’s prognosis, for the most part, is good according to Pike — she’s talking, eating and playing again. Pike said she’s more upset that the owner left them to deal with that situation without trying to help.

He is described as a South Asian man, in his early 20s, and was wearing orange shorts at the time of the attack.

Peel Regional Police are looking for the owner of a black-and-white Husky after they say it attacked and seriously injured a three-year-old girl at an off-leash park in Mississauga over the weekend.

“Just terrible,” said Jona Steele on Twitter. “I use that park all the time.”

There is a sign on the fenced perimeter of the park warning residents to enter at their own risk as the area permits dogs to roam leash-free.

Police said the incident happened between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Parkway Belt Leash-Free Dog Park in the area of Highway 403 and Eglinton Avenue.

Anyone with information can call police at 905-453-2121, ext. 1233 or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Louie Rosella is a reporter with The Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian. Email: [email protected]

A three-year-old girl is suffering from six lacerations on the back of her head after a vicious attack at an off-leash dog park in Mississauga early Sunday evening.

The little girl, according to her mother, loves dogs, and was at Parkway Belt Leash-Free Dog Park, located in the Highway 403 and Eglinton Avenue area, with her six-year-old brother and her grandfather.

Pike said her daughter suffered lacerations to the back of her head and several other parts of her body.

The girls mother said the children were running down a hill behind a bench that her father was sitting on when the incident happened.

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The dogs were far away so my dad thought it was okay, Phoenix Pike told CTV News Toronto. One of the dogs, a Husky, saw my daughter running and ran for her and before my dad could stop it, the dog grabbed her on the back of her neck and bit her.

The owner of the dog briefly spoke with Pike’s father but he took off pretty quickly, she said.

Pike said that her daughter, named Georgia, was dragged about 25 feet down the hill. The dog then proceeded to flail her around.

My dad said she looked like a rag doll, Pike said. My dad just went and started kicking the dog in the face to try and get it off her.

According to Pike, the dog owner went over to talk to the her father, but when he asked for the owners information, the man picked up his dog and ran.

There were two other people with the dog owner, Pike said, and they all hopped a fence and fled the park.

Georgia was originally transported to a local hospital, but was later taken to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, with severe injuries.

Pike said that her daughter is now stable, but has six lacerations on the back of her head. Georgia also has some bruising on her back from being dragged on the ground. She needs to wear a neck brace.

She is uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, Pike said. She is so tiny. She is such a little girl and shes been so brave.

Peel Regional Police are searching for the dog owner, who is being described as a clean-shaven South Asian male in his 20s. Police say he is approximately five-foot-six in height and 180 to 200 pounds. Witnesses told police he was wearing glasses and orange shorts at the time of the attack.

Under the Dog Owners Liability Act, the dog owner has a responsibility to ensure that their pet, their dog, does not bite any person or any other domestic animal or act in any way that would be a threat to persons or animals, Const. Akhil Mookin said. At the end of the day, dogs are animals. While they may be domesticated pets, they still historically, and genetically, are animals. We dont know what their reactions will be.

Pike said that her father had seen the dog in the park before and that the Husky had never seemed aggressive.

Pike also said she is of two minds when it comes to how the dog owner and dog should be treated once found.

In a sense, I sympathize with them because I dont think they understand the gravity of what happened, she said. But I dont understand how somebody can see a little girl like that, thrown around so violently, and just run away. My dad was left there completely powerless to help her and my son is so traumatized.

It makes me angry, but I cant be mad at them because I dont know what their mindset was. I would like them to come forward because either way, that dog needs to be taken care of and handled properly and they need to be held accountable. It was such a vicious attack she was put through and you dont just walk away.

A three-year-old girl named Georgia was bitten at an off-leash dog park in Mississauga on Sept. 23, 2018.