Three dogs attacked, one killed in overnight attack

Lola, a one-year-old, died from loss of blood caused by a deep laceration on her hind leg.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)

KELOWNA – A brutal attack on a Kelowna family's three dogs came just days after he was assaulted by someone he knew.

Lyall Grexton awoke Tuesday morning to find his three Rottweilers were attacked overnight with a sharp weapon. All three suffered severe injuries and one of the dogs could not be saved.

Const. Kris Clark says injuries include "very deep lacerations and in one case the skull was actually crushed.”

Eight-month-old Rocky lost an ear in the attack and may be partially deaf. Grexton’s oldest dog, a 10-year-old named Sheena, sustained serious trauma to her head and lost part of her nose. Lola, a one-year-old, died from loss of blood caused by a deep laceration on her hind leg.

According to Global-Okanagan, Grexton believes whoever attacked his dogs knew them and his property and says he has since received several threatening phone calls.

Clark confirmed a man was arrested for assaulting Grexton Saturday night and will appear in court in January.

“We’re still investigating the possibility that these two incidents are connected,” he says.

So far the man faces charges unrelated to the attack on the dogs, but Clark says the investigation is still in the early stages and wouldn't rule out the possibility of other charges.

Photos of the injured dogs have now been posted online. WARNING VERY GRAPHIC CONTENT: The photos of the dogs taken shortly after the attack are extremely difficult to look at but illustrate the extent of the cruelty imposed on them.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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