Two Canadian sisters were severely injured on Dec. 30 after they were mauled by their pet Rottweiler-husky dog while trying to defend one of the women's sons from being attacked.
Twin sisters Kati and Jessi Mather reportedly threw themselves in front of Jessi's 3-year-old son, Jayden, when Kati's dog Yogi suddenly moved to attack him during a walk through a park in Richmond, British Columbia, according to the National Post.
Jessi suffered multiple cuts and bruises from the incident while Kati received more serious injuries, including more than 100 bites, a broken arm and a detached bicep. Jayden was unharmed.
“They’re doing OK, I guess, for what they’ve been through but their injuries remain,” Alegria Gomez, a close friend of the sisters, told The Province, reports New York Daily News.
“They’re both on a lot of pain medication right now.”
The New York Daily News and the National Post report that the sisters have been recovering at their British Columbia home after the Dec. 30 incident. The sisters reportedly do not want to euthanize Yogi, but they no longer want to keep him.
After the attack, controversy erupted on social media after it was discovered that the Mather sisters run Facebook and Instagram pages called "Twins that Toke," which contain pictures appearing to show the sisters smoking marijuana and partying.
Critics of the sisters believe their marijuana use is what provoked Yogi to attack, and that the dog might have been exposed to marijuana smoke and abuse, the New York Daily News reports.
Gomez claims these allegations are false, and believes their lifestyles have been unfairly associated with the cause of the attack.
“That’s their personal choice. They’re drinking or partying but for them to be slandered for what they’re doing is completely uncalled for," said Gomez.
Nevertheless, Gomez ultimately deleted a GoFundMe campaign to raise $2,000 for the Mather sisters after the twins' father became sick of seeing the allegations.
Yogi is now in the custody of the Richmond Animal Protection Society while authorities decide what should be done.