September 20, 2018 7:49 pm
Updated: September 21, 2018 10:39 am

Calgary bylaw services investigating two dog bites

In one incident, a dog bit a ten-year-old girl on the cheek and forehead. The dog's owner said the animal has not been violent in the past and is well-behaved.


A 10-year-old girl was taken to hospital from the northeast Calgary community of Martindale on Thursday evening after being bitten by a dog.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Martinwood Court at about 4:30 p.m.

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Police said the young girl was bitten in the face.

She was taken to hospital in serious, non-life-threatening condition, officials said.

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According to City of Calgary bylaw services, the dog was a pit bull cross and has been seized.

The animal will be quarantined for 10 days and impounded until the investigation is complete. It will also undergo a behavioural assessment to see how it reacts to food and people. That, along with the dog’s history and the severity of the bite, will determine whether it will be returned to its owner or put down.

Officials said the owner could be charged. Based on the victim’s wounds, the owner would either be given a bite charge, which comes with a $350 fine, or an attack charge that is brought before court.

Bylaw services are also investigating a second dog attack that happened in the community of Coral Springs on Thursday evening.

Investigators said a dog was hit by a car and then a woman went to help it and was bitten. She was taken to hospital in stable condition.

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