05/09/2014 07:32 EDT | Updated 07/09/2014 05:59 EDT

Man and dog in custody after 2 women attacked in Metro

Both a dog and its owner are in custody after two women were attacked at Laurier Metro station on Sunday.

Michelle Kennedy and wife Joslin Webster were attempting to leave the Metro system at the unstaffed entrance and exit on Laurier Avenue, just east of St-Denis Boulevard, when they were attacked by a dog.

“I was leaving the Metro around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night and I looked at a man sitting there next to the ticket machine and his dog, a big husky kind of dog. And I looked at the dog and I thought, ‘Aw, how cute.’ And then I felt something hit my leg,” Webster said.

The 27-year-old man had thrown a sandwich he was eating at Webster. Kennedy came to Webster’s defence and asked the man why he would do such a thing.

“He was very calm at first,” Kennedy said. But it didn’t stay that way.

The altercation took a turn for the worse when the man reportedly sicced his dog on the couple.

“I looked down at my leg and I realized my pants were torn and my leg was bleeding,” Kennedy said.

Webster said she tried to take pictures of the man with her cellphone in order to report him to police, but that the man ended up grabbing the phone and breaking it.

Witnesses called police and the man was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon, mischief and uttering death threats. He was already known to police.

The dog is in a 10-day quarantine at the SPCA while it awaits its fate.

The STM said incidents like this one are rare, and that it would be too expensive to staff all Metro entrances.