Dog recovering after being attacked on rail trail

The 13-year-old Collie-mix was attacked Friday in Lake Country

A Lake Country resident wants to warn the public about the rules around dog leashes after her dog was viciously attacked on the Okanagan Rail Trail.

Kelsi Edgelow and her mother Christa were walking their 13-year-old border collie/labrador cross Baylee when they were approached by two dogs Friday, May 4 on the trail in Oyama.

“They were big, boxer-type dogs, and my mom said ‘hi guys.’ You’re always worried if they’re going to be friendly but they seemed fine. They started to sniff Baylee and she was calm, she was on a leash and they weren’t. Within seconds of them smelling Baylee they just grabbed onto her. My mom immediately went to her knees and tried to pull them apart and she couldn’t do anything,” said Kelsi.

Christa tried to pull Baylee away from the scene, but “the dogs had such a good grip on her that they pulled her out of her collar,” said Kelsi. Christa started screaming which alerted other strangers to come and give a hand.

The attacking dogs’ owner had zero control of her dogs, said Kelsi. “It went on for minutes, we couldn’t get them off.”

“When she came up, she had no leashes in hand to control them.”

After spending a night at the vet, Baylee is bruised, will need help going up and down stairs, but is very much alive.

“The best scenario happened because it was really really aggressive,” said Kelsi.

She doesn’t want the dogs to be put down, but she would like them to be labelled as aggressive and would like owners to take responsibility of their pets, especially since this is the second time Baylee has been attacked. The first time was in Kelsi’s front yard.

“She’s very timid,” she said.

According to a regional district bylaw, dogs labelled as aggressive are put on a probationary period for 36 months.

In the Central Okanagan, dogs must be leashed at all times unless otherwise stated in designated off-leash parks or areas.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan Regional Library names new CEO

Don Nettleton, who has been with ORL for 24 years, takes over from Stephanie Hall

Vernon tax notices issued

Residents have until July 3 to pay and/or collect home owner grant if eligible

UPDATE: Power restored for nearly 3,000

Accident cuts off power to Vernon and Coldstream homes for several hours Wednesday evening

SilverStar reaches new heights with gondola

Vernon ski resort installing new feature, with opening date set for July 7

Size, cost set for proposed Vernon cultural facility

Size of new home for museum and art gallery is about 58,000 square feet; cost is $40 million

MLA pushing province and pharmaceutical to save Vernon woman

Cystic fibrosis patient can’t afford $20,000/month medication she needs to survive

Penticton homeless campers devastated by park cleanup

Two women, in their 50s and 60s, said they felt like giving up after their only home was cleared out

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

Saturday celebration of life for Gerry O

Prominent Vernon businessmen remembered for kindness, generosity

VIDEO: Campers leave big mess at rural Vancouver Island campsite

Vehicle parts, garbage, a mattress, lawn chairs, beer cans, and even fecal matter left in the area

VIDEO: B.C. woman gets up-close view of Royal wedding

Kelly Samra won a trip back to her home country to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’

Most Read