December 31, 2015 1:07 pm
Updated: January 1, 2016 12:31 am

B.C. man fighting for life in Edmonton hospital after vicious dog attack

WATCH: A man may lose both hands after he and his girlfriend were attacked by pit bulls in their Fort St John home. As Nadia Stewart reports, the public has come forward to help.

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A 55-year-old Fort St. John man remains in an Edmonton hospital as doctors fight to save his life and what remains of both arms following a dog attack on Christmas Day.

Fort St. John RCMP said they were called to a trailer home in the northeastern B.C. city by a frantic 51-year-old woman who reported two dogs had entered the home, killed her cat and were mauling her and her partner.

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Inside, the officers found a woman suffering from dog bites and a man sitting unresponsive in a chair, appearing to be in shock, while being attacked by the dogs, RCMP Cpl. Dave Tyreman said.

“So at that time, you know, (the officers) tried everything that they could to distract the dogs, to draw their attention away, but they still kept attacking this man,” said Tyreman.

“At that point they felt they had no other alternative but to use lethal force.”

An officer shot one dog, but the other managed to escape with serious injuries, although it was later tracked down and “humanely put down,” Tyreman added.

Officers said they have a good idea who owned the animals but are still trying to figure out why the dogs were loose and what led to the vicious attack.

Family members posted a GoFundMe page for the injured couple, Robin Elgie and Wendy Lee Baker, hoping to raise $10,000 to help with expenses — and surpassed their goal Thursday morning, in one day.

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