Peel Regional Police are trying to track down a big dog and its owner after a dog attack in a Mississauga park left a young child with critical injuries.
The incident occurred just after 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Parkway Belt dog park in the area of Eglinton Ave. and Hwy. 403, not far from Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
Peel Const. Akhil Mooken said the child, a 3-year-old Mississauga girl, was with her parents in the leash-free dog park when a black and white Husky bit the child.
Peel Region Paramedics rushed the child to the Hospital for Sick Children with critical injuries that included puncture wounds to her body, Mooken said.
The girl is in critical but stable condition, police said in a tweet.
The owner fled with the dog before paramedics arrived, police said.
He is described as a South Asian man, in his early 20s, and was wearing orange shorts at the time of the attack.
Residents took to social media to express their views on the incident.
“Just terrible,” said Jona Steele on Twitter. “I use that park all the time.”
There is a sign on the fenced perimeter of the park warning residents to enter at their own risk as the area permits dogs to roam leash-free.
Anyone with information can call police at 905-453-2121, ext. 1233 or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Louie Rosella is a reporter with The Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org