CALGARY – The owner of a dog that attacked a woman on Wednesday has agreed to sign the pet over to officials to have it euthanized.
The 5-year-old pitbull was being walked by its owner in Canyon Meadows on May 14th when it bit a 56-year-old woman on the thigh as she walked by.
The dog was on a leash at the time, and Alvin Murray with Animal and Bylaw Services says both the owner and the victim have indicated the attack was completely unexpected.
“The dog was not showing any signs of aggression at the time the incident occurred,” says Murray, who calls the incident “totally unprovoked.”
The victim required 16 stitches.
The dog was taken into custody by Animal and Bylaw Services as part of their investigation, and the owner was charged.
On Friday, they announced that the owner had chosen to sign over the dog for humane euthanization, based on both the unprovoked nature of the incident and the seriousness of the woman’s injuries.
The owner will appear in court to face two charges, both of which carry a maximum fine of up to $10,000.
Officials say the pitbull will most likely be humanely euthanized following a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
On Monday, a young boy was rushed to hospital after being attacked by his family’s dog in the community of Southview.