A man charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm has to be found by police before his trial can proceed.

Frank Vantroba, 57, was supposed to have his trial start on Tuesday in a case where one of his dogs, a boxer, allegedly attacked a boy at Tarbutt Park in November of 2012. A total of three days had been set aside for the trial.

Vantroba did not show up to Superior Court and a bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Dante Mekanak, the child who was injured in the Nov. 17 incident at Tarbutt Park, suffered bite wounds requiring 65 stitches.

Thunder Bay Licensing and Enforcement also charged Vantroba under the Dog Owner's Liability Act. He was charged with failing to have four dogs — two adults and two pups — licensed and leashed.


Just before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, Dante Mekanak reportedly jumped over the hockey boards at Tarbutt Park, unaware that there were dogs in the rink area. As he started running, he said, a dog knocked him down and bit his face. (CBC)