Calgary family fears dogs that killed pet may still be at large
Posted Dec 10, 2023 10:08:50 AM.
Last Updated Dec 10, 2023 10:09:43 AM.
Weeks after watching in horror as her pet was fatally attacked by two dogs — a Calgary woman waits for the owner to be handed penalties.
Angela Kuphos’ dog, Nelle, was killed as she walked the 12-year-old beagle near her Discovery Ridge home on the afternoon of Nov. 6 when two pitbull-type dogs ran from a parked truck.
The two marauding canines tore into their dog and left it dying on the sidewalk.
The Kuphos family says they gave bylaw officials photos of the offending dogs and the man who was with them, along with the licence plate of the truck they all piled into before speeding off minutes after the deadly attack.
Mike Kuphos, Angela’s son, says they have had frustratingly little communication with bylaw officials about the case.
He adds the family wants to be sure the dangerous dogs are off the streets so no one else is hurt.
“That would be infuriating, not just for the experience that we have had to live through … but to know that someone else could suffer the loss of a pet or family member to known dogs that can do that. That would be just crazy,” Kuphos told CityNews.
Meanwhile, as the Kuphos family waits for word from bylaw officials about someone being held accountable, they are comforted by the kindness of strangers.
In the aftermath, people have been sharing her pain by adding to the family’s makeshift memorial for the family’s beloved dog on a fence near where she took her final breath.
“My mom and my brother they placed just along the fence where she was attacked, they just have her image there, a description of what happened, and all the neighbours have been putting up little flowers all around that, which is just so nice to see,” Kuphos said.
“We all really appreciate that.”
In the most recent update, about three weeks ago, a city spokesperson told CityNews the offender has been identified but lives in Lethbridge.
They say bylaw officers here are working with Lethbridge police and the law department to see how to best serve the violation tickets to the offender.