Lesleyville resident hopes to find pit bull that attacked his dog

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A pit bull hunt has begun in East Toronto after a man and his pet were attacked in Greenwood Park.

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Kurt Martin and his wife were walking down Greenwood Avenue when they said an unleashed pit bull in the park ran up and attacked their little dog.

“Fortunately, both myself and our little dog were able to get out of this with minor injuries,” Martin said Thursday, describing the cuts and bruises they suffered from the attack. “But the injury is a little more serious.”

The vet told Martin that his dog’s padded harness would likely protect it from more serious injury.

Now his goal is to find the dog and its owners and make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

Martin and his wife posted on social media and placed physical ads at gathering places and shops in the neighborhood.

“I’m not entirely sure it was a pit bull. Maybe it was some kind of bovine mixture,” said Martin, explaining that he did not intend to belittle the breed. “It’s just useful as a way to describe and find the dog.”

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He said that being attacked by a dog is the most horrific experience he has ever experienced.

“I’m not exaggerating,” he said.

The attacking dog ran from the park to where they were walking, so fast that no one had time to think.

“And this dog was on top of ours. I saw the dog open its mouth and put our dog’s head into its mouth. The sounds our dog made were just bloodcurdling squeals,” he said.

“I didn’t have time to think about anything. When he grabbed onto our dog, all I could think about was, “Our dog is dead.” If I don’t do something now, our dog will surely be mauled to death.”

Martin entered the fight, hit the attacking dog in the face and grabbed him in his arms. To his dismay, he said the pit bull kept lunging at him and his dog.

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He fell into the Greenwood driveway and the pit bull grabbed his dog again. As soon as he was able to get his animal back, he rushed across the street and stood on someone’s porch.

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His hands were covered in blood. He could see two people holding back another dog.

As soon as Martin saw that the dog was back on a leash, he crossed the street to exchange information with the owners and ask about their pets’ vaccinations.

The man immediately ran north with the dog. The woman refused to speak to Martin’s wife, who asked for her name and phone number.

According to Martin, the woman said, “I’m not going to keep this conversation going.”

“What happened tells me that the dog has done this before. These owners are careless enough to keep this aggressive dog off a leash,” he said.

Martin said his teenage son and his wife often walk the dog alone.

“It can happen again with a child. These are irresponsible dog owners, and their inattention must be taken into account. They can’t just wipe their hands about it,” he said.

Martin said the man who accompanied the dog was between 35 and 40 years old, a larger man with dark hair, and 5 to 10 feet tall.

He has a special haircut: the sides and back are shaved, but the top of his head is long, possibly gathered in a bun.

“We just want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else so that this dog will never put anyone in that position again,” Martin said.

Witnesses have already spoken to animal control in the city of Toronto. Anyone with information relevant to this case can call Jody Savage at Animal Services in 416-984-7918.

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