Woman crit­i­cally in­jured in dog at­tack

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

“We see and love dogs as faith­ful com­pan­ions and now they were wit­ness­ing a scene from their worst night­mare.’’ RCMP spokesman Const. Den­nis Hwan

A woman who was bit­ten more than 100 times while pro­tect­ing her three-year-old nephew dur­ing a vi­cious dog at­tack near Van­cou­ver re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal, say RCMP.

Of­fi­cers in Rich­mond, B.C., re­sponded Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon to mul­ti­ple emer­gency calls about a 21-year-old woman cov­ered in blood, fend­ing off a large Rot­tweiler-pit­bull cross in an out­door field.

“Our of­fi­cers com­mented that it was a hor­ri­fy­ing sight to bear wit­ness to,’’ said RCMP spokesman Const. Den­nis Hwang in a news release.

“We see and love dogs as faith­ful com­pan­ions and now they were wit­ness­ing a scene from their worst night­mare.’’

The tod­dler was un­harmed but other peo­ple, in­clud­ing the boy’s mother and a passerby, were in­jured while try­ing to help and were taken to hos­pi­tal.

“Their drive to pro­tect the boy was in­cred­i­bly heroic,’’ said Hwang.

The boy’s aunt is un­der­go­ing surgery af­ter suf­fer­ing a bro­ken arm, de­tached bi­cep and nu­mer­ous bites. Moun­ties said the dog be­longs to her boyfriend.

The ca­nine ran off af­ter be­ing shot at by po­lice but was even­tu­ally cap­tured and is be­ing held, un­in­jured, at a Rich­mond an­i­mal shel­ter.

Whether the dog will be de­stroyed is a de­ci­sion for the shel­ter and the City of Rich­mond, said Hwang.

The at­tack was the sec­ond bloody dog maul­ing in B.C. in the span of a week.

On Christ­mas Day, two dogs tore into a couple’s home in north­ern B.C. while chas­ing a cat.

The dogs mauled Fort St. John couple Robin El­gie, 66, and his girl­friend, Wendy Lee Baker, 51. Both an­i­mals were killed. El­gie is in in­ten­sive care at an Ed­mon­ton hos­pi­tal and may lose his left arm as a re­sult of his in­juries, but fam­ily friend Kim Bab­cock said he re­mains in good spir­its.

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