‘Vicious’ dog attacks young Sylvan Lake girl

Nearby neighbours came to the aide of the girl who was attacked by a dog Friday afternoon

Three Sylvan Lake locals jumped to action to help a young girl when she was attacked by a dog.

Ed Canuel, who came between the girl and what he believes was a pit bull, called the attack vicious, and left the young girl in need of immediate medical attention.

“I heard the girl screaming and then I saw two guys from down the street come running,” Canuel said.

The dog attacked a young girl Friday afternoon on Hinshaw Drive.

The animal weighed around 110 pounds, according to Canuel, and easily bucked off the full grown men who tried to subdue it and help the child.

“Every time we tried to give the girl first aid the dog would buck and attack… it was vicious,” said Canuel.

The girl was sent to Red Deer Regional Hospital to look after the deep wounds on her hip and leg. Canuel said when he tried to tend to her he couldn’t tell how bad it really was.

“The dog’s mouth and face was just covered in blood.”

He said in order to help the girl and subdue the dog they had to tape its mouth closed. Canuel said the tape had to be wrapped around the head and muzzle.

In order to help the girl she had to be separated from the dog and brought into a nearby house.

“We held the dog by the collar… it was being choked and was still attacking us,” said Canuel.

Another neighbour called the RCMP for help, who arrived on the scene quickly according to Canuel.

An ambulance also arrived on the scene to take the girl to the hospital to be treated.

The dog, once subdued, was slipped into a kennel and taken by Animal Control, who will decide what will happen to it.

Canuel says the dog is known for being “troubled” in the neighbourhood.

“This dog was a bit troubled. It would attack other smaller dogs that went past the yard on walks and such,” he said.

Canuel says they were lucky to have heard the girl’s screams in time to help.

“If it had happened in a backyard or something, if we hadn’t heard the screams, that little girl would have died.”

Under the Canada Dangerous Dog Act, a justice may decide a dog should be put down if “that dog has bitten or attempted to bite a person, or that a dog is dangerous and not kept under proper control.”


Follow Megan Roth on Twitter

@MeganSLN
megan.roth@sylvanlakenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Stettler’s Scotties tournament set a new standard

Chair of curling tournament committee says rural Alberta can host biggest events

Tickets still available for Stettler County Community Service Awards

42nd annual community service awards at Linda Hall Feb. 21

Blaze clothing probably exaggerated in bike usefulness

Black is probably more noticeable than hi-viz

Stettler Jr B Lightning’s season now over after being defeated in playoffs

Heartbreaking 5-4 loss Thursday night means Stettler’s 2019 season is over

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

Hee-Won Son takes home gold in 500m Female Short Track Speed Skating

Team Alberta sits in second place overall at the Canada Winter Games

Shots fired in Maskwacis home invasion

Maskwacis RCMP are searching for three suspects in a home invasion (with photos)

CRTC report finds ‘misleading, aggressive’ sales tactics used by telecom industry

Report recommends measures to make a fairer situation for consumers

Crude-by-rail shipments set new record in December despite lower price discounts

Canada exported nearly 354,000 barrels per day of oil, up seven per cent from November

Do you live with your partner? More and more Canadians don’t

Statistics Canada shows fewer couples live together than did a decade ago

Most Read