A man who died after being attacked by his neighbour’s pet dog in the backyard of their home in the southwest suburbs was a devoted member of his family and had “a great sense of humour,” a coroner has ruled.
The cause of death was ruled an accidental injury to the lower limb, but coroner Peter Tzeng said the case highlights the risks involved in pets in the home.
“A lot is being done on a very small scale, but unfortunately there are a lot of risks that need to be taken,” said Tzong.
“There are people who are in the position of having to manage these animals.”
The case has highlighted the risks associated with pets in homes in the southeast.
A report released by the Alberta Department of Agriculture and Forestry in October showed there were more than 8,700 pet animals in Alberta homes, including more than 1,600 cats.
In a separate case in March, a 10-year-old boy from Alberta was found dead after being allegedly stabbed by a neighbor’s pet.
The boy, who was being treated for depression, had a broken leg and had suffered head trauma.
A court has heard the boy’s family was also in the midst of a crisis and were trying to find ways to support their family.
Tzeng did not release the boy or his parents, who were not present for the hearing, because the investigation is ongoing.
A message seeking comment was left with the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture.