Ward 7 Coun. Esther Pauls is recovering after being attacked by what she describes as two “humungous” canines in rural Hamilton.
Pauls, an skilled bike owner and triathlete, says she was attacked final Saturday afternoon whereas biking together with her govt assistant on Chippawa Street.
Pauls says she spent seven hours in hospital being handled for deep bites to her calves and ankles, an expertise that has left her badly shaken and planning to “see somebody” for remedy of her emotional scars.
“I simply hate when you’ll be able to’t do the stuff you love since you’re afraid,” Pauls mentioned. “I’m a robust lady, I overcome issues, however that is the second time it occurred to me.”
Pauls mentioned she was beforehand attacked 17 years in the past on Brock Street, and there’s “at all times a worry of a canine lunging at you” on a rustic highway.
“My scars and my leg will heal,” mentioned Pauls, however 5 days after the assault, “mentally, I don’t even have the vitality to train.”
Pauls additionally mentioned she was reluctant to talk to the media as a result of she doesn’t need folks to assume she hates canines. “I’m simply afraid of massive ones that aren’t tied up, and there’s no proprietor there.”
Sue Russell, appearing supervisor of animal providers for the Metropolis of Hamilton, confirmed that on Feb. 27, a dog-biting incident took on Chippewa Street that “concerned an grownup bike owner who was bit by two massive breed canines.”
“The canine proprietor was charged beneath the Accountable Animal Possession By-law,” she mentioned, including that each canines are beneath necessary quarantine.
Saturday’s incident involving Pauls is in no way an remoted one.
In 2020, Hamilton Animal Companies acquired and investigated 107 incidents that concerned a canine biting a human.
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