The owner of a pack of pit bulls that has terrorized a Popkum neighbourhood for months told police last week he has moved the dogs off the property.
But the news comes as no great comfort to the mother of a 14-year-old boy who was attacked and bitten by four dogs earlier in September.
Earlier this year, some of the pit bulls in question also jumped the fence on the property and attacked Lorill Zandberg's eight-year-old daughter Hannah.
"Although we're very happy they're not in our neighbourhood anymore, it's very concerning that the dogs are still out there somewhere," Zandberg told the Times. "They're vicious animals that have proven they'll attack people and other animals. I know of another case where one of these dogs mauled another small dog in our neighbourhood. The owner doesn't want to go public, but it happened."
The problem is that in Popkum, in electoral Area D of the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD), there is no animal control bylaw. This led to frustration among police, neighbours and the elected representative for the area, Bill Dickey, who himself was chased by the dogs this year.
As a result of the Times' story on the attack of Zandberg's son Jonathan on Sept. 4, police found out about a little-used section of the Community Charter that pertains to dangerous dogs.
RCMP are now investigating with the goal of having one or more of the pit bulls seized under section 49 of the community charter.
"We are now aware of Section 49 of the Community Charter and our investigation is now based on this," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Len van-Nieuwenhuizen said.
He also said that in the process of investigating the matter, the owner of the dogs informed police he had moved them to another property.
Police don't know where the dogs are nor have they confirmed that the dogs are no longer on the 20-acre property.
"I really hope the police can track down those dogs so they can't hurt anyone else," Zandberg said.
In the Sept. 19 story on the pit bulls, the location was described as area A in the FVRD. The property in question is in area D.
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