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Police call off search for aggressive animals in Markham

The search for a pair of aggressive animals, believed to be coyotes or German Shepherds, has been called off after two people were bitten Monday night.

Police say the search was called off Tuesday night due to the weather and no further sightings of the animals.

Authorities were called to the wooded area of Huntington Park, in the area of Leslie Street and Highway 407. They tried to wrangle the animals Monday but they ran off to a large wooded area nearby.

The two victims suffered minor injuries including one who was bitten on her right calf.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) launched a search for the animals Tuesday morning.

That same day, the City of Markham closed parks and cancelled recreational programs in the interest of public safety. City officials told CityNews city officials remain in the area to look for the animals and that a decision on reopening the parks will be made on Thursday if the area is deemed safe.

Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for the animals and say regular police units in the area will stay alert.

With files from Toronto Staff