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WATCH: York police warn of 'aggressive' dogs or coyotes in Thornhill

Two animals attacked two people near Huntington Park Monday

York Regional Police are warning the public of two animals, possibly German Shepherds or coyotes, that are acting aggressively and are on the loose in Thornhill.

Officers were called to Evergreen Cres. Monday afternoon for a report of two large coyote-like animals that were acting aggressively towards area residents. 

Police say the animals chased several people into their homes and were fended off with a rake. 

Officers arrived and found the animals in a backyard. The animals then attacked the officers, who say they used pepper spray to scare the animals away. 

Police officers and OSPCA members tried to find the animals in a wooded area. 

The animals were spotted in a wooded area. Police say that because of an imminent threat to the public and without any tranquilizers, a firearm was discharged. Police believe that one of the animals was shot in the upper shoulder area and the two fled deeper into the woods. 

There were later reports of two women being attacked between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. They received minor injuries. 

Police are warning anyone who lives in the area bounded by Hwy 407, Hwy 401, John St and Bayview Ave to be aware of the animals and to contact them if they are spotted. 

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  1. Peter Dinklage posted on 06/24/2014 03:09 AM
    I am very upset and saddened to hear this news and the lack of action that is being taken place by the YRPD to ensure the safety of our community. sigh
  2. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 10:26 AM
    1.>Let 'em loose at Queens Park- to bite the Liberals in the arse
    2.>Someone made this point this morning. One of the dogs lunged at a police officer, but it was not shot.
    Sammy Yatim lunged at a police officer with a small knife, and was shot 9 times.
    The Police have vested hours in time and resources in finding these dogs.
    The Police have vested minutes in dealing with the Sammy Yatim scenario before pulling out the heat.

    Are animals now more important than people now or am I missing something?
    1. john posted on 06/24/2014 10:28 AM
      @Karl Burgin nope u got it right .
    2. RickC_1236 posted on 06/24/2014 10:53 AM
      @Karl Burgin Karl you’re an ass when Sammy got shot you defended the cops make up your mind troll
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 11:02 AM
      @RickC_1236 No, I did not.
      I can't remember the amount of times I said that the officer who did the shooting should have had his badge taken away- and the one who tazered Sammy after he was shot is an absolute moron.

      I have also equated the Sammy Yatim situation with the Greyhound Bus scenario; where I found it unbelievable that Sammy was on a streetcar by himself, and they couldn't properly diffuse the situation- whereas, with the Greyhound bus, the crazy is literally eating away at a man's head, there's an army of police outside, and no one does anything?!?!

      The only defense I gave around the time of the Sammy Yatim shooting, was that a few days earlier, I believe there was a similar incident in Vaughn- and the police did an excellent job in diffusing THAT matter.
      I also defended the cops, in that they shouldn't be the ones trying to become well-versed in dealing with the mentally handicapped when things get out of hand. That isn't (and shouldn't) be in their job description. But with that said, again the way they handled the Sammy Yatim scenario was an absolute failure.

      You see RICKC, I call the situation as I see it, and don't paint everything with the same brush.
      The police don't always get it right- but when they do, they deserve the recognition.
    4. Mia posted on 06/24/2014 11:20 AM
      @Karl Burgin Animals are just as much if not more important than humans. If you have the need to think of yourself as a greater being than animals because you are a human, you need to find a better purpose for your life.
    5. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 11:27 AM
      @Mia We are greater than animals. But being greater doesn't mean you don't respect animals (and their habitats/environment)- because they are the source of our survival.
      But with that said, that isn't the issue at play here.

      But as to your belief that we are equal to, or lower than animals, is probably the same belief that woman in Quebec had- when she stopped in the left lane to help some ducks across the highway. And in the process killing a father and daughter on a motorcycle when they slammed into her car.

      That is end to the path of where such beliefs leads to.
    6. Karl Burgin's Neighbour posted on 06/24/2014 11:53 AM
      @Karl Burgin Wow ... right off the deep end.

      Get some professional help, Karl.
    7. tanjo posted on 06/24/2014 12:29 PM
      @Karl Burgin Currently, the report says that a firearm was discharged and hit one of them.
    8. john posted on 06/24/2014 12:37 PM
      @RickC_1236 personally i think that cop shot the wrong person . he should have shot u instead .
    9. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 12:39 PM
      @tanjo Hmm... i kinda surprised that they didn't go with the tazer.

      Then again LAURIE below mentioned if Animal Control should be the one in charge here. That's a good question. Or if they're concerned about the safety of the animal, are they accompanying the police.....
    10. tanjo posted on 06/24/2014 12:40 PM
      @Karl Burgin I disagree.

      She is going to spend the rest of her life knowing two people are dead because she stopped to help some ducks.

      I doubt very much that it is going to end for her any time soon.
    11. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 12:50 PM
      @tanjo Its not that I don't necessarily have an issue with her helping the animals. But for God's sake, have the presence of mind to know what you're doing with your car. Pull off to the shoulder- in her case, the shoulder to the side of the left lane. Not the left lane itself.
      The lady's been driving for 3 years- she should have known better. There is no excuses for this.
      I cannot begin to recount how many times, I've seen people do similar things with their car, where they stop to let someone out on the side of the road without warning, or do crazy turns because the GPS said they've missed their stop.

      I do A LOT of driving, and stuff like this drives me bonkers (no pun intended).

      As for Mia's comment equating humans with animals, or putting us beneath them- it really is a scary notion, of which I am seeing more and more of. And a false notion no less. But that is branching off to another topic.
      Humans are superior- and we have a duty and responsibility to the animals we oversee.

      The last thing we need is to end up like The Planet of the Apes ;p
    12. tanjo posted on 06/24/2014 02:44 PM
      @Karl Burgin "It's just like in the movies. You can wipe out the entire confederate army--thousands of men, deader than door nails and nobody cares, but you kill one collie and everyone collapses in grief!" - Johnny Fever, WKRP in Cincinnati
  3. john posted on 06/24/2014 10:35 AM
    more proof that the liberals are evil . as the saying gos dogs and see evil . will guess what ? thay saw evil and thay attacked it . when mans best friend starts to fight u know something is not right . dogs have 10,000 times more intelligence on its nose then humans will ever have in the brain . whant a example donny p , lol .
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 11:02 AM
      @john LMAO
    2. tanjo posted on 06/24/2014 12:45 PM
      @Karl Burgin One thousand liberal Cats are giving you both the death stare at this very moment ! Walk away veeeery slooowly.
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 12:50 PM
      @tanjo lol....i can see the claws ;p
    4. john posted on 06/24/2014 01:17 PM
      @tanjo thats what grenades are for .
    5. tanjo posted on 06/24/2014 02:33 PM
      @john ... but the Cat Came Back, the very next day ...
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 03:22 PM
      @tanjo is it just me, or has the comments now become freakin' hilarious....lol

      Why can't we have fun topics like this everyday?
  4. laurie posted on 06/24/2014 11:58 AM
    Shouldnt animal control be looking for these dogs instead of the police?
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 06/24/2014 12:04 PM
      @laurie One would surely hope this was already being done...

      But then again, maybe the wolves or coyotes might get to the dogs first.
  5. john posted on 06/24/2014 01:14 PM
    hay i got a ideal ! how about we get Justin turd in there to talk to the dogs to see what the root cause of there actions . like he like to do with the terrorists . oh right that would be torcher to them .
    1. tanjo posted on 06/24/2014 02:23 PM
      @john Naw, he just has to light a bit of the wacky weed and those puppies will mellow right out!
  6. JohnH_6636 posted on 06/24/2014 03:27 PM
    They are all around York Region, I have personally saw last year a coyote or wolf or coywolf as some claim they are, near Confederation drive which is half industrial, half residential. Dogs hind legs do not look the same as these, these have slim but muscular legs and what I saw had a light grey fur coat. I've heard friends say they've seen them in other areas. There are many rivers/streams in Vaughan/Thornhill as Rutherford has six water crossings between Jane and Bathurst. There is a forest and stream where I saw the coyote last year.
  7. Tanya posted on 06/24/2014 09:26 PM
    Personally I can tell the difference between a German Shepherd and a coyote. You would think the police and the OSPCA would know the difference too.

    How many police canine units are out there now saying "gee, my police dog is a coyote? I thought it was a shepherd! Duh"
    1. john posted on 06/25/2014 12:17 PM
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