CALGARY – Officials say two dogs have been impounded after injuring young children in two separate incidents over the weekend.
The first happened at a home in the community of Sunnyside on Saturday. A child named Kai was playing at his godfather’s house, when the attack happened. The owner rushed to help.
“I am so thankful he was there, he reacted quickly,” says Kai’s father, Chris Lingren. “It was the second he turned his back, then he looked back and that’s when he saw it. He dropped what he was doing, punched the dog in the face, grabbed my kid, put a towel on his face and held him tight until the ambulance came.”
Animal and Bylaw Services says the owner of the bull terrier was in their backyard with four children ages three, six, 14 and 17 at the time. He has agreed to euthanize the two-year-old animal, who was previously described as very friendly and good with kids.
“Right away he was like ‘take my dog, kill it. I don’t care,'” Lingren says. “He cares more about Kai than anything else. He’s sad about his dog, but he’s more worried and sad about Kai.”
Three-year-old Kai was taken to the hospital and treated for a large laceration on the head.
The second attack happened on Sunday in the community of Midnapore.
Officials say the owner of an adult chow/shepherd mix was eating snacks on the floor of her home with her children, when the dog pinned down her one-year-old.
“The incident resulted in a puncture to the top of the head and scratches to the arms and face,” says Alvin Murray, acting director of Animal and Bylaw Services.
Both dogs have been seized and are in the custody of Animal and Bylaw Services, where they will be held and observed over the next 10 days for behavioural assessment.
Both owners have been charged with a dog biting a person.
Neither dog has a prior record of aggression.
A mandatory court appearance is required in all serious aggressive dog incidents and consequences will be determined by a judge. These consequences may include fines up to $10,000.
Murray hopes incidents should act as a reminder for parents and dog owners to be vigilant when small children are around dogs.
“Do not ever leave a child alone with a large dog, especially if food is involved,” says Murray.
“Even dogs that have no history of aggression have been known to bite children and adults without warning.”