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Community rallies around Burnaby family after dog ‘Lucky’ killed in pit bull attack

GoFundMe campaign raises more than $6,500
Lucky the dog was killed after being attacked by two pit bulls.

A Burnaby family has been left devastated after their dog “Lucky” was killed by two other dogs – pit bulls - but they are also left inspired after thousands of dollars were raised by the community to help cover vet costs.

On Jan. 20, Lucky was out walking on a leash down a sidewalk when two off-leash dogs “viciously attacked him,” reads a post on the GoFundMe website.

“He was able to survive by pinning himself partially between a parked car and the curb, but he had already suffered extensive damage by the two dogs' bite wounds,” reads the post.

Lucky later died from sepsis at a local veterinarian’s office after several medical procedures. Since then, more than $6,500 has been raised to cover the medical bills. The campaign has now been closed after reaching the goal.

At the time of the attack, a neighbour stopped their car and honked and scared off the two big, aggressive dogs.

Lucky was immediately taken to the emergency vet, where they worked quickly to clean, stitch and seal his wounds. By Friday, Lucky had not yet shown any improvement and needed immediate follow-up care by the emergency vet. Overnight on Friday, they discovered Lucky had a major systemic infection from the bites and would require life-saving interventions.

The BC SPCA is now investigating the attack.

“It is so hard to say goodbye to the ones we love, particularly when they've had such a short time with us,” reads the post. “In the almost 3 years that Lucky lived with his family, he never missed a day in giving them all the love his tiny body could hold. In return, his family loved him with every ounce of their being as well: pouring attention on him, playing joyfully with him and all his toys, cuddling for hours on the couch … The family has been absolutely overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and love, and are incredibly grateful for everyone's efforts to help Lucky.”

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