Glace Bay pit bull owner gives their side of bite story

Greg McNeil, The Cape Breton Post
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GLACE BAY — The owner of a pit bull that bit a women earlier this month said the animal was only coming to the defence of its owner.

Cain is the name of the pit bull at the centre of a biting controversy. The owner does not want to put her pet down.

"I don't think the animal should be put down," said Katlyn MacLeod, the dog's owner.

"If her story was true and she was just sitting at my table and the dog attacked for no reason at all, then yes because the dog is unsafe. That is not the case."

Corry MacPhee-Morrison has asked that MacLeod's dog be euthanized after she obtained a large bite on her right thigh on July 11 while the 36-year-old was at her brother's home on Villa Nova Road.

In disputing the circumstances around the incident, MacLeod said she was struck in the face three times by MacPhee-Morrison before the dog bite.

While MacPhee-Morrison has previously disputed the dog owner's account that she was bitten while caught in the middle of a dogfight, the dog owner said that was part of the story.

According to MacLeod, the three were on an outing together that night.

When they returned around 10 p.m., MacPhee-Morrison was acting boisterous and jumping around, something the two pit bulls at the home were not used to seeing.

The dogs began to fight and had to be separated.

"I took the other dog, not the one she is talking about, and put him in the bedroom," MacLeod said.

"That dog used to be hers six years ago and she went on like a nut because I put that dog in the bedroom first."

MacLeod said she was hit not long after she demanded MacPhee-Morrison leave the house.

"That's when the dog knew my human needs help so the dog picked up for me and grabbed on to her."

William 'Paddy' MacPhee, the brother of MacPhee-Morrison and the boyfriend of MacLeod's, agreed with his girlfriend's side of the story.

"These two dogs are used to peace and quiet so they got a bit excited and got into a fight," said McPhee.

"That dog has been around hundreds of people. It's been around Corry at least 25 times and never did anything. That dog never hurt a soul."

MacLeod does not want to comply with MacPhee-Morrison's request to have her dog put down.

"He's a pit bull and the name, they have is such a bad name," she said. "If it had of been a golden retriever it wouldn't have gotten so much publicity."

She said they love their dogs and treat them like children.

"I have 100 million people who could say 'I've been around that dog, he's friendly as can be.' It was her going after the dog's owner and most dogs would do that."

Though she's reached out to police, MacPhee-Morrison has not yet pressed charges.

She'd prefer the owner put the dog down without outside involvement, but said if full charges are necessary she'll go through that process.

The Cape Breton SPCA are investigating the incident with the support of the Cape Breton Regional Police.

"The SPCA is the lead on these types of investigations because they are contracted to enforce the dog bylaw from the municipality," said Desiree Vassallo, spokesperson for the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

"In that bylaw there is a section on dealing with fierce of dangerous dogs."

Vassallo noted that no charges have been laid as of Wednesday afternoon, but police will assist where required to help with the investigation.

"Through the course of it if they determined if there was anything criminal that needed to be looked at then they would pass that over to us, as well."

Organizations: Cape Breton Regional Police Service

Geographic location: Glace Bay, Villa Nova Road, Cape Breton

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