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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. 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
  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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