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.