Gatineau police destroy ‘dangerous’ dog with history of biting, including two on police officers

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Gatineau police put down a “dangerous” dog Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m. at a home on Rue Jacques Cartier in the city’s La Baie neighbourhood.

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“Due to the dangerous nature of this operation,” police were assisting the city’s animal control officers who were serving the dog’s owner a warrant to seize the animal.

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According to police, the German shepherd-type animal was the subject of five biting complaints since 2020, including two on police officers.

“During the intervention, the dog was shot because of its aggressive behaviour and the danger to the people present,” police said in an email.

Police said there were no humans injured in the incident.

Police said an evaluation of the dog was carried out following a previous complaint and an order was issued last June containing several obligations:

  • contain the animal in a locked building or enclosure
  • register and pass a training course
  • have the animal vaccinated
  • keep the dog on a muzzle and a leash of no more than 1.25 metres when it is outside its enclosure.

Since the court order was issued, there were three other biting incidents, including another attack on a police officer, which prompted this morning’s seizure warrant.

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