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Two large dogs attack and kill a small dog while walking in the Forest Lawn

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Lisa Louiseize-Thompson, 60, was walking her boyfriend’s dog – a Yorkie mix named Rocky – last Thursday when they were attacked by two large dogs.

Louisseize-Thompson and her boyfriend Jorge Silveira live just around the corner in the community of Forest Lawn in southeast Calgary. Louisseize-Thompson said Rocky enjoys going for walks, usually twice a day.

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It was a trip on a Thursday afternoon, sometime between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m., when things took a terrible turn.

“I just stepped off the curb and these two dogs came out of nowhere,” she said.

The dogs fought their way towards Rocky, with one of them managing to clamp its teeth on him.

“If I got bitten, I didn’t care. I stood between the two dogs (and Rocky).”

Louisseize-Thompson walks with a stick that she used to fend off the attackers.

“I broke the stick over the dog’s head to get him to release Rocky,” she said.

Rocky, a 3-year-old Yorkie mix, died after a dog attack
Rocky, a 3-year-old Yorkie mix, died after being attacked by two large dogs in Forest Lawn last Thursday. Photo provided by Lisa Louisseize-Thompson

Louisseize-Thompson estimated the entire altercation lasted less than three minutes. She said one of the dogs had white fur and the other had a mix of brown and white. She wasn’t sure what race it was.

When the dogs ran away, she ran back to Silveira’s house with a frightened Rocky in her arms.

Silveira’s upstairs neighbor was able to help her with Rocky.

“She could see I was in a lot of pain because I wasn’t supposed to be running, especially without a cane,” Louisseize-Thompson said.

They took Rocky to the vet, where they received less than good news.

“They told us his ribs and spleen were severed and his back was broken in two places,” she said. “He had four stab wounds – in his lung.”

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Rocky ultimately died before Silveira could say goodbye.

Louisseize-Thompson said: “He doesn’t deserve this in any way, I mean Rocky’s best friend is a cat.”

“I don’t sleep because as soon as I fall asleep everything happens again,” she said.

Rocky, a 3-year-old Yorkie mix, died after a dog attack
Rocky, a 3-year-old Yorkie mix, died after being attacked by two large dogs in Forest Lawn last Thursday. Photo provided by Lisa Louisseize-Thompson

The City of Calgary said in an emailed statement Friday that “there is currently no threat to the public; two dogs are in our care.”

The city said an investigation was ongoing and no further information was immediately available.

Louisseize-Thompson said the behavior she observed from the attackers was due to bad owners.

“If you have a large dog, you should train it. Because it’s like having an out-of-control child – you don’t just let him run out into the street.”

Under the Responsible Pet Ownership Ordinance, the city has the ability to declare dogs “vicious” or “nuisance.” This requires owners to adhere to certain requirements such as: B. Behavioral training and properly secured fences or ensuring dogs are muzzled when taken out.

In another incident earlier this year, a dog owner faced 18 city ordinance charges after his dogs attacked several others, killing one.

With files from Laurice Gomes

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