Joe McParland’s greyhound Vici is pictured after being attacked by a smaller dog while McParland was walking Vici and his other greyhound Tessie, on Friday, April 26, 2019, on Ouellette Avenue.
A GoFundMe campaign has more than covered the $3,000 in vet bills so far for Vici, a 10-year-old greyhound wounded in a Friday attack described by her owner as unprovoked, bloody and horrifying.“I was looking a her in the eye and all I could see was absolute terror and I could see the life leaving her and it was just terrible,” Joe McParland said as he described feeling a tug on the Vici’s leash and looking behind him to see a much smaller dog — on a leash but with no owner in sight — clamped to Vici’s throat and shaking violently. It was so much smaller than Vici that its paws were off the ground, its full weight pulling on Vici.“She was shaking her head and I could see blood spurting all over the place,” McParland said.McParland sad the dog looked like a smallish pit bull (Ontario and the City of Windsor have banned pit bulls born after 2005), though its owner has told the local Humane Society, which is holding the dog for a 10-day quarantine, that it’s a bulldog mix.It’s being held because McParland was bit on the left hand as he tried to wrench open the dog’s jaws to free his greyhound. At first he tried kicking the attacking dog, but it refused to release its grip. So he used both hands to free his dog.“They’re so damn strong, so damn strong,” he said. “My hands still ache. It took everything in my power to pry open those jaws.”Vici was taken to the after-hours veterinary clinic on Walker Road, where she underwent considerable surgery and pain treatment. McParland was advised Sunday she should probably stay for a few more days. “She’s not in danger of losing life, it’s all about pain management right now and regaining her strength,” he said.The GoFundMe account set up by one of McParland’s neighbours on Victoria Avenue had amassed more than $4,000 in less than nine hours. McParland said any extra money will be offered to to help vet bills for a dog that was also attacked (though not as severely) earlier the same day, and any money left over will go either to the Humane Society or the Greyhound rescue society where McParland got Vici seven years ago.He said he doesn’t want the attacking dog put down. “It’s not the dog’s fault, it’s the dog’s owner,” he said, expressing hope that the dog will be taken away and given to someone who can better care for it.Humane Society executive director Melanie Coulter confirmed on Sunday that the dog was in quarantine, as a precaution against possible rabies transmission. It will be up the the City of Windsor to decide what to to about the alleged attack, she said, since its staff manage the city’s dangerous dog bylaw. Related
McParland said the attack happened at about 5:30 p.m. as he was walking his two greyhounds Vici and Tessie, 5, in the 1400 block of Ouellette Avenue. The dogs usually walk slightly behind him, so all he initially noticed was a tug on Vici’s leash. He turned around to see the smaller dog “locked onto her throat,” and violently shaking. Though greyhounds are large and very fast dogs, they’re very docile and unaggressive, said McParland.“Out of nowhere, this dog came after them.”While he was dealing with the attack, McParland’s other dog Tessie wandered off into the street. Bystanders stopped their vehicles and got hold of her. A bunch of other witnesses across the street at the Tim Hortons also ran over to help and call 911, he said. McParland said that a man who was apparently the attacking dog’s owner ran to the scene and tried to grab it’s leash but McParland refused to let it go until police arrived.Police confirmed they were on the scene and investigated.It looks like Vici will be OK, but McParland said the vet told him at least one wound was very close to being fatal. He said that though it bit him, he feels sorry for the dog that attacked Vici.“If the dog was in someone else’s hands, these incidents wouldn’t be occurring.”email@example.com/winstarcross