Animal & Bylaw Services investigating two aggressive dog incidents
CALGARY – Animal & Bylaw Services (ABS) is looking for the public’s assistance in locating the owner of two large dogs involved in a fatal attack on a poodle.
On Saturday, July 12, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a woman was walking her poodle on Templehill Drive N.E. when another woman approached with her two dogs described as “pitbull-type” animals, also on-leash.
“Upon allowing the dogs to greet each other, one of the large dogs grabbed the poodle, biting and shaking it. A neighbour intervened and the poodle was recovered but died a short time later at a local vet,” says Alvin Murray, North Operations Manager for ABS.
ABS is now looking to speak to the owner of the large dogs. She is described as a Caucasian woman between the age of 30 and 40, with a petite build, blonde hair and is possibly named Sarah.
“We are asking anyone who may know who the owner is or who may have information about this case to call 3-1-1,” says Murray.
Meanwhile, the owner of a licensed Australian cattle dog is being questioned after a serious incident on July 11.
At around 10 p.m. on Friday, ABS officers were called to a home in Ranchlands on reports that a woman had sustained facial wounds as the result of a dog bite.
The owner had adopted the dog from an out-of-town agency only nine days prior to the incident.
“Due to the severity of attack, the dog owner requested the animal be removed from his home immediately and signed ownership over to ABS,” says Murray.
ABS has taken the dog into custody where it will undergo an assessment, following a mandatory 10-day quarantine. The matter is still under investigation and no charges have been issued at this time.
In Calgary, all aggressive dog incidents will be investigated and pet owners will be held accountable under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw.
A mandatory court appearance is required in all serious cases and consequences will be determined by a judge. These may include fines up to $10,000.
For more information on responsible pet ownership, visit calgary.ca/animalservices.