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RCMP kill pitbull after Calgary woman attacked

Dave Dormer, QMI AGENCY

RCMP killed one pitbull and seized another after a woman was attacked at a home in Sundre, Alta. early Saturday, sending her to hospital with “severe injuries.”

“They found one female victim in the residence, she was in critical condition, badly bitten, mostly to her arms and face,” said Cpl. Ryan Hodge, “It was pretty traumatic."

“(RCMP) attempted to gain control of the dogs to have them removed, the one dog got loose and was aggressive toward members and had to be shot on scene.”

The 26-year-old woman was staying with friends at a home in Sundre - about 130km northwest of Calgary - when she was attacked about 2 a.m. Saturday.

“She was airlifted by STARS to Foothills (hospital),” said Hodge, estimating the light-brown male pitbulls to be “pretty large” between 80 and 90 lbs. “They’re very aggressive.”

One dog was seized by Sundre bylaw officers and is currently being quarantined. “Right now it’s going to be held for observation,” he said. Both were registered with the town of Sundre and are up to date on rabies shots.

“Then most likely a hearing will have to be held to determine the fate of the dog...Right now we’re still trying to piece together our investigation, there’s still people we need to talk to.”

The dogs may have bitten the same woman within the last two weeks.

“That’s part of our investigation,” Hodge said, “One incident recently wasn’t reported to police.”

Hodge said police don’t know what triggered the attack.

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