June 17, 2014 12:32 pm
Updated: June 17, 2014 8:08 pm

Sundre woman found guilty of assault in vicious dog attack


CALGARY – A Sundre woman has been found guilty of aggravated assault in connection to a vicious dog attack almost two years ago.

RCMP charged Rita Phillip after her dogs mauled a 26-year-old Calgary woman in August 2012.

Phillip is accused of ordering her two pit-bull type dogs to attack Deanna Wolfe, while she was visiting Phillip at a Sundre trailer park.

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RCMP who arrived on the scene found the victim unconscious inside a bedroom in the mobile home, with serious injuries to her arms and face. She was airlifted to hospital in life-threatening condition.

Officers found two dogs locked in another bedroom, which they described as agitated and said were trying to get out.

Phillip, who police say left the home immediately after the attack, was arrested by police at a Calgary casino.

“I’m injured to an extent where I don’t even like looking at my injuries,” says Wolfe. “I don’t like looking at the scars that I have. and no one should have to live the way I do. I live like a 60-year-old woman with bad arthritis pain. And it’s horrible. No one should have to go through that.”

On Tuesday, a judge found Philip, 59, guilty of aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Sentencing arguments will be heard in early September.

– With files from David Boushy and The Canadian Press.

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