Calgary, AB,

Update on dog attack involving child

Two dogs have been seized and tickets have been issued against a dog owner following an attack on a four-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon.

Community Standards seized two German Shepherd dogs, one male and one female. The animals are being held pending a hearing. Two tickets have been issued to the owner under Section 25(7) of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw for a vicious attack causing severe physical injury. The maximum fine is $10,000.

On Tuesday, January 3, shortly after 3 p.m., a call was made to 9-1-1 about a serious dog bite incident involving a four-year-old boy. The Calgary Police Service (CPS) was first on scene, followed by paramedics and Community Standards officers. EMS transported the child to hospital with serious injuries.

The boy was with with his parents visiting family when the incident occurred. At the time of the incident, the dogs were in a fenced yard outside the home and the boy entered the fenced area to play with the dogs. The boy’s father entered the back yard, witnessing the attack, and took the boy inside the home. The dog owner secured the dogs in a separate room in the home and called 9-1-1 immediately.

Community Standards and CPS continue to investigate.