Dante Mekanak required 65 stitches to close the wounds on his face after he was attacked by a dog in Tarbutt Park in November, 2012. (Supplied)

The man wanted on a bench warrant, after failing to show up to court on Tuesday morning, has turned himself into Thunder Bay Police.

Frank Vantroba, 57, was supposed to start his trial this week at Superior Court. He faces a charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. Three days were set aside for the trial.


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)

One of Vantroba's dogs, a boxer, allegedly attacked a boy at Tarbutt Park in November 2012.

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

Vantroba's next court date is on March 24.