Canine house owners seek for accountability after golden retriever attacked at Vaughan park

Kayla Goodfield ,

Revealed Tuesday, September 15, 2020 eight:22PM EDT

Final Up to date Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:32PM EDT

The house owners of a 12-year-old golden retriever are on the lookout for accountability after they are saying an assault at an off-leash park in Vaughan left their canine with critical accidents.

Steven and Sandy Klein turned foster mother and father to Benji in Could via a program that pairs rescue canine with a brief place to reside till they’re able to discover a perpetually dwelling.

Based on the Kleins, Benji had been uncared for for eight years, and wanted dental work and grooming, together with take care of his paws.

“Benji is a mild previous soul who has been via lots in his life,” Steven Klein instructed CTV Information Toronto on Tuesday. “We simply fell in love with him. He’s such a beautiful man.”


On Sunday, Benji was working free at an off-leash canine park in Harmony, close to Freeway 7 and Dufferin Avenue, when he was significantly injured in an unprovoked assault, Klein stated.

“I heard this actually violent growling sound and I seemed to my left and I noticed Benji being chased down by a quite massive canine and I heard him yelp,” he stated.

Klein stated Benji suffered a wound to his mid-section on the time, however admitted that he didn’t notice how extreme it was till after that they had left the park. He stated no contact data was exchanged with the opposite canine’s proprietor.

Based on the Kleins, Benji underwent surgical procedure that night time, which had a price ticket of $1,000. He now has stitches and a bag to empty fluid from the wound. He’s within the strategy of recovering and is transferring slowly, his house owners stated.

An indication on the public off-leash park reads house owners are answerable for any accidents attributable to their canine.

The Kleins stated they filed a police report however had been instructed there may be not a lot that may be completed with the little data they’ve.

Steven Klein stated he’s hoping the canine’s proprietor will attain out.

“It might be nice if the proprietor of the canine got here ahead and took duty for it and reimbursed us for the medical invoice,” he stated.

Anybody with additional data is requested to contact York Regional Police.

With recordsdata from CTV Information Toronto’s Sean Leathong