March 1, 2019 5:20 pm
Updated: March 1, 2019 5:39 pm

Ottawa police officer sent to hospital after dog attack

Ottawa police say an officer has been sent to hospital after being attacked by a dog in Vanier on Friday.

Beatrice Britneff / Global News File

An Ottawa police officer is in hospital after being attacked by a dog in Vanier on Friday.

Police say the officer was assisting a partner agency at the 100 blocks of Deschamps Avenue and the attack occurred just before noon.

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As a result of the attack, the officer discharged her firearm at the dog in self-defence. The dog received medical attention but succumbed to its injuries.

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The officer was sent to hospital with severe but non-life threatening injuries and will remain in hospital.

Bylaw has taken over the investigation.

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According to an Ottawa police spokesperson, the use of a firearm is always a last resort when it comes to aggressive animals.

“Every situation is different,” said Cst. Amy Gagnon. “When it comes to someone’s life being in danger, the use of a firearm is appropriate.”

Gagnon went on to say that this is a situation that is not encountered by police very often but it is something they’re prepared for.

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