Calgary, AB,
02
September
2015
|
22:30
America/Denver

Charges laid following bite incident

The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services has laid charges against both the person in care of the dog and the dog owner, following a serious incident at a Ranchlands residence yesterday afternoon involving a child. Each individual has been charged with one count of Attack Causing Severe Injury and one count of Unlicensed Dog.

The dog has been seized and is in the custody of Animal & Bylaw Services where it will undergo a behavioural assessment following a 10-day quarantine.

“Animal & Bylaw Services makes public safety a top priority and aggressive animal behaviour will not be tolerated,” said Doug Anderson, Animal & Bylaw Services Inspector.

“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.”

Animal & Bylaw Services promotes responsible pet ownership through education, partnerships, and a variety of programs including the Off Leash Ambassador program, annual Safety Expo, and PUPPY Program.

Citizens who witness an animal acting aggressively or running at large are encouraged to call 3-1-1. If there is imminent public risk or injuries involved, call 9-1-1.

Owners of aggressive dogs are strongly encouraged to contact the Calgary Humane Society or a certified dog trainer to help resolve aggression issues.

A mandatory court appearance is required in all serious aggressive dog incidents and consequences will be determined by a judge. These consequences may include fines up to $10,000.

For more information on responsible pet ownership, visit calgary.ca/animalservices.