‘Ottawa’ ‘If They Had Got a Hold of Her Neck, She Wouldn’t be Here,’ Dog Attack Victim’s Father Says
A man who was bitten twice trying to stop a savage attack on a woman by a pair of dogs said he only did what anyone else would have done if they came across such a horrifying scene.
Robin Gallie was on his way to the drugstore Saturday when he came upon a 25-year-old woman being mauled by two aggressive dogs near the corner of Lamoureux Drive and Des Epinettes Avenue in Orléans.
“She was being attacked, emphasis on attacked,” said Gallie. “It wasn’t just two dogs nipping at her. She was being attacked savagely.”
In an interview Monday, the woman’s father told Postmedia his daughter’s most severe injuries are to the back of her forearms, which she used to try and shield her head and neck from the biting dogs.
She also suffered scratches and cuts to her head and legs, he said. His daughter expects to remain in hospital for a few more days.
The father said his daughter, who is visiting from Winnipeg, was attacked from behind by the dogs.
“They took her by surprise,” said the father, who asked not be named in order to protect his daughter’s privacy. “One hit her knees and down she went.
“They were out to kill. If they had got a hold of her neck, she wouldn’t be here.”
By the time Gallie arrived, he said the woman was pleading for help and trying desperately to protect her face and neck as the dogs circled around her. He immediately stopped his car and jumped out. Gallie said he called 911 and then honked his horn in an attempt to scare the dogs off.
“I just got out of the car and started yelling at the dogs. I just yelled, ‘Stop it, get off.’ I was stomping my foot,” said the 66-year-old investment adviser. “They didn’t give a darn about me.”
That’s when a woman appeared at the front door of a nearby house. Gallie said he yelled at a woman to hand him a broom – or anything – he could use to hit the dogs.
The woman had just handed Gallie a red-handled broom when a person in a white SUV swerved between the woman and the dogs. The driver told the woman to jump inside, which she did. Witnesses reported another man attacked one of the dogs with a shovel.
One of the dogs ran off. But the other turned it’s attention to Gallie and his broomstick.
The dog “saw me and came straight toward me,” said Gallie.
“It was frightening, put it that way,” said Gallie. “To see this monster dog with his big head looking at me.”
Gallie said he yelled at the dog as it closed in on him.
“I said, ‘Don’t you dare,’ or something like that,” said Gallie. What happened next was a blur.
“I know I hit it on the head or something,” said Gallie. “I felt something. I didn’t look down to be honest.”
When he eventually did look, he saw blood running down his left leg from a bite just above his knee. It wasn’t until he got to the hospital that he realized he had also been bitten on his left hip.
Police are still hunting for the dogs’ owner. Both animals were shot and killed by police.
Gallie said the dog’s bite left a hole in his new shorts and stained his favourite running shoes with blood, but he got off easy compared to the trauma suffered by the woman.
“It’s nothing to what she had,” he said.
However, the woman’s father said his daughter hasn’t lost her sense of humour. He expects she’ll fully recover, even if she’ll never forget.
“There are going to be scars. She’ll have those marks forever,” he said.
The father said he and his daughter are both thankful for those who helped.
But Gallie prefers to credit police and paramedics for doing a fantastic job dealing with a situation that he described as “bedlam” rather than take any credit for his actions.
“They were professional, they were courteous, they were helpful. Everyone should be proud of them for what they did,” he said. “I just did what any other person would do, and that’s stop and help somebody.”