July 17, 2014 2:05 pm
Updated: July 17, 2014 2:47 pm

Dog owner faces charges after Mastiff attacks young girl

Animal & Bylaw Services

Global News

CALGARY- Charges are pending against the owner of a Mastiff after a 3-year-old girl was attacked in a yard in the southwest community of Bridlewood.

The girl was in the yard with a family friend’s dog when she was bitten on the face.

She was taken to hospital and treated for what Animal and Bylaw Services (ABS) describes as a serious bite.

The Mastiff has been seized while ABS continues to investigate.

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“We cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure interactions between dogs and children are properly supervised. It only takes a second for something serious and irreversible to happen,” says Alvin Murray, an ABS manager.

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The bull terrier was turned over to ABS on Thursday and will undergo an assessment after a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

While charges haven’t been laid yet, a court appearance is mandatory in all dog attacks. The owner could face a fine of up to $10,000.

Meanwhile, the owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier involved in a fatal attack on a poodle  on Saturday now faces three charges, including having an unlicensed dog.

There have been six incidents in the city involving aggressive dogs over the past three weeks.





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