HAMILTON, ONTARIO (WIVB) – The fate of a dog who attacked a man in Hamilton, Ontario could be decided in the next 10 days.
The victim died, but Hamilton Coroner Dr. Jack Stanborough says the attack was not the cause of death. He says the investigation, including toxicology studies, will take at least weeks to complete.
The male dog, a Shar Pei, Fila mix, weighing forty to forty-five pounds, is now being closely monitored. It could be euthanized based on several criteria, including the severity of the wounds it inflicted on its victim.
“We also look at the temperament of the dog,” said Ann Lamanes, a communications officer in Hamilton. “Is it likely to re-offend? What is the risk to the public?”
She said the dog has been quiet and is in good condition.
Neighbors said they heard the victim screaming. Some people rushed to his aid with baseball bats.
The man who died was believed to have been riding a bicycle before he collapsed. He was with another man walking the dog.
Some believe the man may have fallen from his bicycle. Others question whether he may have sustained a blow from a baseball bat, used to ward off the dog.
Dr. Stanborough said there appeared to be no overt indications that blunt force trauma caused the man’s death. He says that would have been apparent during the autopsy.
Lamanes says authorities are still looking for the dog’s owner, who may possibly have been the victim.
She says more information is needed about the dog’s history before its fate is determined.