Calgary police use Taser 3 times on dog that attacked couple

A man whose pet dog attacked him and his fiancee wants the animal destroyed.

CALGARY — A man whose pet dog attacked him and his fiancee wants the animal destroyed.

Graham Sharp, 24, and fiancee Cara Harrylock, 21, had been walking home with their dog Monday morning after visiting friends when JoJo the dog turned on them.

The couple had been having an argument and Sharp believes the purebred Presa Canario lunged at him to protect Harrylock.

Sharp says he was just trying to reach around Harrylock to say he was sorry and his dog went “nuts.”

Sharp said JoJo “literally tore a hole” on the top of his hand.

Harrylock then grabbed JoJo’s collar to rescue Sharp and the dog turned on her, sinking its teeth into her forearm and dragging her about 10 metres.

The force of his powerful jaw fractured her wrist and she also suffered numerous deep lacerations and puncture wounds.

Police, who were flagged down by a passing motorist, zapped the dog with a Taser three times.

Bill Bruce, director of animal bylaw services, said JoJo is in their custody and the next step will be to interview to the owners to determine his fate.

Sharp said he wants the dog to be killed.

“As much as I love the dog… he’s a danger to society,” he said.

Harrylock’s mother, Beverly Townsend, agreed, saying it’s not the first time JoJo has attacked someone.

Canada’s Guide for Dogs says the Presa Canario “is a powerfully built dog with a massive head giving an overall impression of an imposing and intimidating guard dog.”

It says the ancestors of the breed were used to guard farms, herd and hold cattle, as well as to hunt wild or stray dogs.

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