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4 people taken to hospital following dog attack in west Edmonton

Edmonton police are investigating a dog attack that sent four people to hospital Thursday afternoon. Jason Franson, The Canadian Press

Edmonton police are investigating a dog attack that sent four people to hospital Thursday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) said it happened around 3:15 p.m. near 157 Street and 89 Avenue.

EPS said officers were called to the scene for reports of two “pitbull dogs on the loose biting people.”

Police arrived to find two youths, both in their late teens, were bitten by the dogs, along with three adults that police said attempted to “intervene in the attack.”

The teens, along with two adults, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

EPS said the dogs had been seized by City of Edmonton bylaw officers.

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Police did not provide any information regarding the dog owners or whether charges would be laid.

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Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi said Friday the number of these types of incidents is a growing concern.

“The attack that took place yesterday is pretty scary… and we had a fatality a number of months ago,” he said.

“I’m going to sit down with our administration to see what we can do on the enforcement side and also I understand that there are some barriers to our bylaws, that we cannot property implement because they fall under some of the provincial areas.

“There’s some complex issues we need to tackle. But this is a growing concern.”

Sohi said the city would look at what tools municipalities have at their disposal.

There is currently a review being done to examine Edmonton’s bylaw that regulates pet ownership.

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“There might be some opportunity around that to bring more stringent regulations around pet ownership,” the mayor said.

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