Charges laid after child attacked by dogs in Ontario

Newmarket, Ontario – Investigators working out of the #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged a dog owner with Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm after a 9-year-old girl was mauled and severely injured by three dogs at a residence in the Town of Newmarket.

Dog Attack
Dog Attack

On July 27, 2023, around 6:05 p.m., York Regional Police responded to a call for an animal complaint at an address on Jackson Court. A man and his 9-year-old daughter had attended a residence to view puppies for sale when three dogs rushed out of the house and attacked the girl without provocation. The victim suffered severe bites. She was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The Town of Newmarket Animal Services attended the address that evening and the three dogs were surrendered to them by the owner. The dogs were subsequently euthanized.

York Regional Police investigated and on August 15, 2023, Leslie Theodore KOVACS, 68, of Newmarket, was charged with Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm. He was also charged with three counts of Dog Bite a Person under the Ontario Dog Owners’ Liability Act.

Mr. KOVACS has been released from custody. He is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in the Town of Newmarket on the morning of September 12, 2023.

The child has since been released from hospital and continues her recovery at home.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7141. Anyone wanting to provide information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or provide a tip online at

York Regional Police

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