A dog was shot and killed at a downtown Toronto park on Tuesday night. The shooting followed an altercation between two men, according to CP24.
Police looking for man who shot dog in Toronto park
Around 11 p.m. police responded to a call reporting a shooting. They arrived at Barbara Hill Park, near Church and Wellesley streets, to investigate. Initially, reports conflicted regarding whether a human or an animal was the victim of the shooting.
Toronto Police Const. Victor Kwong told CP24 that approximately 30 minutes before the shooting, two men “appear to be unknown to each other” had an altercation. The authorities stated that one of the men left the park but came back a bit later. When he returned, he shot the other man’s dog. Then, the suspect fled the scene.
Officers assisted in transporting the dog’s body to an emergency veterinarian, but it was too late. The canine companion was dead. The dog was 3 years old but police did not confirm the breed.
Police are investigating the case and are looking for video footage and/or witnesses. They have not arrested anyone yet.
“Obviously the charges will depend on what is found from evidence as the investigation unfolds,” Kwong said on Wednesday at Toronto police headquarters. “But it could be firearm-related charges, having one, shooting one… and as well, cruelty or bringing death to an animal.”
What to do if someone shoots your dog
If you are ever in a distressing situation where someone shoots your dog – or if you witness such a horrifying act – prioritize the safety and well-being of your beloved pet and take immediate action. First and foremost, ensure your own safety and try to stay calm. Second, contact emergency services. Third, alert the local authorities to report the incident. Provide first responders with all the details you can remember, including the location, description of the assailant, and any potential witnesses.
Seek prompt medical attention for your dog. A veterinarian will need to assess the extent of the injuries and provide treatment. Document the injuries with photographs, as this can be crucial for legal purposes.
While emotions may run high, refrain from taking matters into your own hands. Do not retaliate against the assailant. Let law enforcement handle the investigation and pursue justice through the appropriate legal channels.