CALGARY – Two people have been charged by the City of Calgary’s animal and bylaw services after a five-year-old boy suffered serious injuries to his face in a dog attack Tuesday.
The person who was caring for the dog at the time as well as the dog’s owner have each been charged with one count of attack causing severe injury and one count of “unlicensed dog.”
EMS said Tuesday paramedics arrived at a house in the 6900 block of Ranchero Road N.W. at about 12 p.m. The attack happened inside the boy’s family home.
He was taken to Alberta Children’s Hospital in serious but stable condition with “significant soft tissue injuries to his face.”
EMS didn’t know Tuesday what type of dog bit the boy or who it belonged to, but said it wasn’t the family’s dog.
The dog has since been seized and is in custody of animal and bylaw services. It will be quarantined for 10 days and then undergo a behavioural assessment.
“Aggressive animal behaviour will not be tolerated,” said Doug Anderson, animal and bylaw services inspector, in a release. He later told Global News inspectors believe the dog is a “pit bull mix.”
“Under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, owners are held responsible for the behaviour of their animals and people must be aware of these responsibilities when looking to add a dog to their family.”
If you see an animal acting aggressively or running at large you can call 311, or call 911 if there is imminent public risk or injury.
Animal and bylaw services said a mandatory court appearance is required in all serious aggressive dog incidents and a judge will determine consequences, which may include a fine up to $10,000.