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Updated: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:37:21 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Pit bull killed by senior after pug attack at beach



The Vancouver Park Board has voted to build a separated bike lane through Kitsilano Beach Park. Google Maps

The Vancouver Park Board has voted to build a separated bike lane through Kitsilano Beach Park. Google Maps

A 72-year-old man stabbed a pit bull to death at Vancouver's Kitsilano beach Wednesday after the dog attacked his pet pug.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. PT when the pug's owner was approached by a woman, who was walking her pit bull in the beach park.

But when the dogs approached each other, the larger pit bull suddenly bit down on the neck of the smaller dog.

Unable to separate the animals, the pug's owner killed the pit bull using a folding knife he was carrying.

The pug was rushed to a veterinary hospital for stitches to its neck. Animal control officers also attended the scene.

Marcie Moriarty with the BC SPCA said the organization is conducting a necropsy and will be interviewing the elderly man.

"[We want to] see how exactly the dog died, whether he died instantaneously, or pain and suffering," said Moriarty.

"It will be important to find out more details about the circumstances, because of course there is preservation of safety and personal safety issues and self defence [to think of]."

However, Moriarty said this incident should not trigger breed specific legislation aimed at pit bulls, adding that studies show that banning specific breeds does not mean you ban bad behaviour.

Police say they are speaking to both dog owners and both are co-operating with investigators. No charges are being considered. 

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