A woman and a dog were allegedly attacked by four pit bulls while on a walk in Canada on June 21.
Marissa Gautreau was walking her roommate’s golden retriever in Calgary when she said four pit bulls attacked them until they were bleeding, reported Global News.
“The next thing you know I’m kind of starfishing our dog on the ground while the four pit bulls are biting us from every angle,” she said. Gautreau told Global News the attack happened on her front lawn.
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Gautreau said the dogs eventually left after two people came to their aid.
“A car pulls up. Two people get out and they start beating on the dogs with two lacrosse sticks and dogs just don’t give up, and then another guy stops and he’s kicking the dogs, and then finally the dogs just gave up and I was sitting here on my front lawn just bleeding everywhere,” said Gautreau.
Gautreau suffered only minor injuries while Copper, the 1.5-year-old dog, had to get stitches and staples, the news outlet reported.
Gautreau’s roommate Danielle Lewis said the dogs were “still running wild” by the time police arrived and the owners were nowhere in sight, according to IBT Times.
“We were lucky the police came as quick as they did and it could have been a lot worse than what it was,” Lewis, who is Copper’s owner, told Global News.
Lewis said that it is a “very populated area” and after the incident, she feels unprotected and helpless.
“There’s always people walking their dogs through these streets so it’s just a matter of time before something like this happens again,” she told Global News.
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Detective Shawn Rupchan told City News that the pit bull’s owner is facing multiple fines. “Bylaw attended and they classified it a level three offense and tickets were issued to the dog owner,” Rupchan said.
Lewis said she believes the dogs were aggressive because they were not living under healthy conditions.
“That’s why we hate to generalize the breed of dog itself because I truly do think that these dogs are living in very poor living conditions and they aren’t taken care of properly and, unfortunately,” Lewis said via Global News. “This is just what you see when that happens.”
On April 5 in California, a mother tried to protect her 3-year-old child with her body while three pit bulls mauled them in a backyard in Vallejo.
The 47-year-old woman and the toddler sustained serious injuries and had to be hospitalized, according to a press release by the Vallejo Police.
The child suffered multiple bites to his face, chest, and arms and legs while the mother sustained bites to her head and arms, reported KGO.
“That was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Doris Hutcherson, a neighbor told KGO.
The police said that at about 5:32 p.m. they responded to a report of a mother and child being attacked by their dogs in a backyard in the 500 block of Locust Drive.
When police arrived, they found the family was in the middle of being “actively attacked by three dogs” and determined that the dogs had dragged the victims to the other side of the fence. Officers separated the victims from the dogs using pepper spray and physical force.
The mother and the toddler were immediately treated at the Vallejo Fire and Medic Ambulance personnel on the scene and were later transported to local trauma centers.
Officers controlled the three dogs before they were handed over to the Solano County Animal Control, according to the release.
There will be no criminal charges in the case and the animal control officials will determine if the pit bulls need to be euthanized, People magazine reported.