Three people are injured, two severely, after being viciously attacked by a group of dogs early Saturday morning in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg police were initially called to a fight in the parking lot of a motel in the 1800 block of Pembina Highway at around 12:30 a.m. Once on scene, officers said they discovered that dogs had "attacked and terrorized" numerous people in the motel parking lot before crossing Pembina Highway and leaving the area. 

According to police, three adults were injured, including two men who suffered severe, life-altering injuries. All three were taken to hospitals, where the two seriously injured men remain.

Tamara Jones, a witness to the incident, said, "You could hear a man screaming, 'Kill him, shoot them, I'm going to die.'"

Another witness, Devin Wasnik, said the dogs were, "like shredding, just mauling."

Thirteen separate police units, including general patrol, two K-9 units and members of the tactical support team, attended the call.

Two of the dogs were located in adjacent neighbourhoods and had to be put down by officers. A third dog and a puppy were struck by a vehicle on Pembina Highway.

The puppy was taken to a local veterinarian where it was treated, and the adult dog remained missing for hours before being located.

Police believe all four dogs to be pitbull/mastiff crosses from the same owner, who appears to be one of the victims.


In a written statement to CTV News, Animal Services confirmed that none of the dogs were spayed or neutered or licensed and none of them are believed to have rabies.

"The surviving adult dog has been confirmed to be predominantly an American Pit Bull Terrier, which is on the list of prohibited dogs," a spokesperson from Animal Services said.

"The deceased dogs are not being examined, while the puppy is too young to make a confirmation of breed."

The spokesperson said Animal Services continues to investigate the incident, and at this time, no charges have been laid under the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law.