Richmond man warning others after ‘massive’ dog enters home, ‘shreds’ family pet


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A Richmond man is warning the public after a large dog ran into his home and killed his family pet.

The incident happened on Friday just before 5 p.m. near Armstrong Street and Keefer Avenue.

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Gary Lok told Global News that his niece had arrived to pick up her one- and four-year-old kids from his house when their 13-year-old Maltipoo, Brandy, ran out front.

Gary Lok’s 13-year-old multipoo Brandy.

Gary Lok

That’s when a “massive” dog walked past their house without an owner, Lok said. Brandy barked at it, and Lok said the larger dog chased her into the family home.

“It attacked our dog by the jaw and ripped it to shreds, tore all the teeth out of its mouth. Blood everywhere,” he said.

Lok said his sister-in-law was in the hallway with the four-year-old boy and tried unsuccessfully to pry the dog off Brandy.

“The four-year-old was a few feet away from the attack. The one-year-old was in another room in a high chair,” he said.

“Then my nice came into the house and saw that nothing was working so she kicked the dog in the head a couple times, and it finally released its grip,” he said.

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Lok said the dog walked out of the house, stood on the porch for a few seconds, then ran off.

The family rushed Brandy to a vet, but she did not survive.

Lok said the family reported the incident to animal control and the Richmond RCMP, who have yet to locate the dog.

City of Richmond spokesperson Ted Townsend confirmed that it had received reports of the attack from the Loks and their vet.

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However, he would not say whether the dog was still at large.

“We are investigating, I can’t really comment much because the situation is evolving, but we believe we have identified the dog,” he said.

“We believe that we’ll be able to resolve this situation and ensure that the community is safe.”

Global News has requested comment the Richmond RCMP on the status of the case.

Lok said he’s concerned the dog is still loose in the area and could hurt someone else.

“It’s been well fed, it’s an attack dog and it was quite vicious. I’m just worried that that could happen to somebody walking around the neighbourhood,” he said.

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“There’s a lot of people that walk around this neighbourhood. Just a half an hour ago, I saw a lady walking around with a stroller, with her baby.”

In addition to his concerns about his neighbours, Lok said the family is dealing with the emotional fallout of losing Brandy in such a horrific fashion — all witnessed by his niece’s toddler.

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“They’re devastated. It was a long-term family pet, and especially this time of year, they’re quite upset,” he said.

“We’re working on that. Very traumatic.”

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Huawei CFO’s bail hearing enters 3rd day with extradition to U.S. pending


The bail hearing for Huawei’s chief financial officer continues for a third day in Vancouver on Tuesday, as lawyers continue to argue about her bail, flight risk and whether her husband would be the right person to act as his wife’s jailer.

Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers have pushed hard for the 46-year-old’s release over two days in court. Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, has been detained in Vancouver since Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.

The U.S. has accused Meng of repeatedly lying to financial institutions about the relationship between Huawei and a company called Skycom, which did business in Iran in violation of international sanctions.

Meng’s lawyer, David Martin, has pulled all the stops in fighting for his client’s freedom while she awaits possible extradition, from an in-depth surveillance plan paid for by Meng to arguing she would « embarrass China itself » if she fled. 

Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. She serves as chief financial officer and deputy chair of the company’s board. (Maxim Shipenkov/EPA)

Martin also told the court that Meng’s husband would pledge a total of $15 million — including the value of two Vancouver homes and $1 million in cash — and would live with her to ensure she obeys court conditions.

However, Justice William Ehrcke questioned whether Xiaozong Liu could provide a surety, because he is only in Canada on a temporary visitor’s visa. The justice said the form to provide the financial guarantee dictates it must be provided by a resident of B.C.

Liu Xiaozong, Meng’s husband, leaves B.C. Supreme Court on Dec. 10. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The Crown raised concerns around the surveillance and potential hacking, given Meng is a top executive with a telecommuniations giant.

John Gibb-Carsley, a federal prosecutor representing the Attorney General of Canada, has asked the judge to deny Meng’s request for bail, saying she has more than enough financial assets to flee and has no connection to Vancouver.

Ehrcke is expected to rule on bail Tuesday.

Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. She serves as deputy chair of the company’s board and served on the board of Skycom in 2008 and 2009.

She is being held on a provisional warrant and the U.S. has 60 days to make an extradition request.

Supporters of Meng rallied outside of B.C.’s Supreme Court on Monday. Bail hearings for the detained executive have drawn droves of onlookers, supporters and international media, with lineups snaking out of the building and around courthouse steps. (The Canadian Press)

Meng’s case has rattled international financial markets and threatened the fragile trade relationship between the U.S. and China. The B.C. government has already suspended at least one planned meeting in China in light of the executive’s arrest.

Hours before Tuesday’s hearing, news broke that a former Canadian diplomat — who worked as a political lead for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Hong Kong in 2016 — had reportedly been arrested in China.

News of Michael Kovrig’s detention comes after China warned Canada of « consequences » for Meng’s arrest — but it’s not clear if there is any link between the two cases.


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Mobile Food Market enters second year with $250K in government funding – Halifax


Halifax’s travelling low-cost fresh produce stand has received a significant provincial government investment as it enters its second year of providing healthy food to those in need.

Nova Scotia’s first ‘Mobile Food Market’ rolls through HRM

Using a Halifax Transit bus converted into a fresh fruit and vegetable stand, the Mobile Food Market has been bringing affordable produce to 12 communities around the HRM.

Now an investment of $250,000 from the provincial government is going to help ensure the not-for-profit service keeps its momentum going.

“This year, we’re really going to be investing a lot of time in our sustainability,” explained Julia Kemp, the market’s manager.

“We’re in the early phases of social enterprise,” she said.

Communities, Culture & Heritage Minister Leo Glavine discussed the program in the Nova Scotia legislature Friday.

He said so far there’s been nothing but positive feedback on the service that, to date, has been used by nearly 10,000 people.

“We’re finding tremendous results with this project so far,” Glavine said. “It’s helping seniors and single parents with children, especially helping out during the week or 10 days when very often people on fixed income, their cheques or cash are running low.”

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The market routinely makes its way throughout the city with stops in Halifax’s north end, Fairview, Spryfield, across the bridge to East Dartmouth and even as far as North and East Preston.

There’s talk of expansion going forward, but in the immediate future, they’re preparing to take their produce indoors as the cold weather approaches.

“In the winter months we take all the food in a truck to community centres, seniors homes,” explained coordinator Jessie Dale.

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In addition, food boxes are also prepared in four of the communities they serve with anywhere from 25 to 60 customers a week picking up a variety of healthy meal options in a pre-packaged format.

Dale said the warm reception from clients and the satisfaction you get from giving back makes working at the market a highlight of her week.

“It’s just a wonderful project to work for,” she said. “By the end of the day you’re physically exhausted, but I’d say mentally you’re just buzzing because there’s so much good energy here.”

The program remains on the road until November 3rd when it will transition to indoor markets until April.

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