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North Vancouver RCMP ID owner of dog that bit jogger

It will now be up to City of North Vancouver bylaw staff to decide what to do
North Vancouver RCMP say they have located the owner of an Australian shepherd that allegedly bit a North Vancouver jogger on March 27, 2024, causing him serious injuries. | North Vancouver RCMP

North Vancouver RCMP say they have found the owner of a dog they were seeking after the dog bit a jogger badly enough that he required hospital treatment.

Investigators issued a release on April 3 offering some details on the incident, which happened on the evening March 26 in the Harbourside neighbourhood.

The jogger was on the 700 block of Copping Street when he passed a woman walking two leashed Australian shepherds, one of which lunged at him and bit him. The woman walking the dogs refused to give her name and left the area.

“Shortly after the media release, the female involved in the incident was identified and police have been able to speak to her,” an update from the RCMP stated on Wednesday. “The investigation has been referred to the City of North Vancouver’s animal control for further follow up with all the parties involved.”

Under municipal bylaws, dogs deemed “aggressive” typically are required to get a separate licence and the owners must face more stringent rules, including keeping the dog muzzled while in public. If the dog has a history of aggression, bylaw officers may seek a court order to have the dog destroyed.

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