Dog attack leaves owner ‘frustrated and angry’

Published on January 30, 2014

Nuttby’s Edie Gorman has had a devastating week with her dog Cody. The pomeranian was attacked by another dog and suffered severe internal injuries and is lucky to be alive. Truro Veterinary Hospital doctors are optimistic Cody will recover. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News

NUTTBY – Every minute of the past five days have been a nightmare for Edie Gorman.

A leisurely walk with her husband, Terry, and their two dogs took a horrific turn on Sunday afternoon when their three-year-old pomeranian, Cody, was attacked by another dog. According to Gorman, her 10-pound dog, as well as her shihtzu Lily, were on leashes when another dog left its property and approached them.

“The dog came and sniffed Lily and then went to Cody. It had Cody’s rear end in its mouth … he was tearing him to pieces. I was screaming and yelling, ‘help, help,’” Gorman said of the attack.

She said her husband “put his hands around the dog’s throat to try to stop” the attack but the dog, estimated by Gorman to be about 80 pounds, dragged him down as well. Gorman wasn’t sure what breed the dog was.

“After what felt like 10 minutes it finally let go,” she said, adding the owner then came out of his house, let the dog inside and went to the couple. The owner has not been identified.

“The owner didn’t say, ‘I’m sorry’ or asked how Cody was. He just said, ‘oh well my dog was attacked by a pitbull and maybe that’s why he did it,’” said Gorman.

“It should not have happened. He can’t get away with it. My little dog didn’t deserve it,” she said. “I missed two days of work because of this. I don’t sleep, I’m sick to my stomach all the time.

I’m frustrated and angry. That other dog should be taken away.”

Cody underwent surgery at the Truro Veterinary Hospital Sunday afternoon and Gorman was cautioned he may not survive.

“Most of his bowel was torn up,” Gorman said, adding her pet is still “not out of the woods.”

Cody went home on Tuesday and was on a pain patch and returned to the vet on Thursday for a checkup and to have a few drainage tubes removed.

Truro Veterinarian’s Dr. Michelle Porter told the Truro Daily News Cody’s prognosis “is very good at this point.”

“He was in critical condition when we first saw him. He had a lot of internal injuries,” said Porter.

The vet said she’s seen a lot of bad bites and it’s frustrating because they can be avoided.

“I’d encourage people to (adhere) to leash laws,” Porter said.

As for what Gorman will do next, that’s to be seen.

“I don’t know what to do yet. My first priority is my dog’s health.”

Unconfirmed reports indicate the owner of the dog that attacked Cody is expected to pay the dog’s vet bills up until yesterday. Truro Veterinary Hospital did not release the cost of the bill.

Gorman said the payment doesn’t make up for the emotional distress Cody and the family have been through.

“I was told it was the first offence so nothing is being done,” said Gorman. “We’re the ones going through this and seeing (Cody) suffer. I know it happens to others but this is my dog.”

Elsie DeBay, special constable for bylaw enforcement with the Municipality of Colchester, told this paper she couldn’t talk about specific cases. She did confirm this case was reported to her through the RCMP and that all pet owners must adhere to the county’s bylaw.

“No dog is allowed to be loose. It must be tied, fenced in, in a kennel or some other (containment). It cannot be unsupervised,” said DeBay, who specializes in animal control.

DeBay said “anything can happen anytime” and nothing can be taken for granted.

“You can trust and believe in your dog but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

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