Police arrest man and turn dog over to animal services after dog attacks at least 3 people

Toronto police say they arrested a man and gave his dog to Toronto Animal Services after the animal attacked at least three people overnight.

Police said they responded to reports of a carjacking in the Third Street and Lakeshore Boulevard West area around 2:45 a.m.

const. Toronto Police Department spokesman David Hopkinson said the man ordered an Uber and when the driver arrived the man attacked the driver.

Hopkinson said the man then allowed his dog, described as a 100-pound pit bull or brown mastiff, to attack the driver before fleeing in the driver’s car.

The male driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

At around 4.35am police responded to a robbery in the Norris Crescent Parkette, where police said a man and woman were riding bicycles in the park when they stopped to take pictures.

A man with a dog approached the woman. The man then allowed the dog to attack the woman, Hopkinson said.

Hopkinson said the man tried to allow the dog to attack the man on a bicycle, but was unsuccessful. He then took the woman’s bicycle and fled.

The woman is hospitalized to recover from her injuries.

According to the police, the dog also attacked another person in the park. Their injuries are unknown.

According to Hopkinson, police believe the owner ordered the dog to attack.

A man and a dog would be responsible for 4 attacks

Hopkinson said shortly after, a man sleeping on his boat at the Etobicoke Yacht Club was awakened by a commotion outside. The man then saw the suspect with his dog, attempting to steal a smaller boat attached to his.

The suspect and his dog then fled. The man was not injured.

Hopkinson said police believed the same man and dog were responsible for all of the attacks.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.



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Jennifer R. Strohm