CALGARY - As a little girl attacked by a pitbull recovers from her injuries, the owner of the canine now faces charges.
Dayne Hildebrandt’s seven-year-old daughter Morgan was tobogganing with a friend on Sunday at about 1:30 p.m. when she was attacked by a pitbull that was pulling kids on a tube.
He said Morgan was walking up the hill to do another run when she was attacked.
She was bitten in the face and rushed by paramedics to hospital where she had to undergo surgery.
“The plastic surgeon repaired her eye, tear ducts and lips -- she seems to be OK,” he said.
“Just a shame that this is going to affect her for the rest of her life over something that should have never happened.”
Andrew Bissett, acting manager with Animal and Bylaw Services, said the bite happened on a hill attached to a sports field where dogs are prohibited.
“The investigation is now complete and this is an unfortunate accident that resulted in serious injuries to the child,” he said.
“In large crowds or areas where the public is actively taking part in sports or play, it’s easy for any dog to become excited or frightened, which sometimes leads to unpredictable reactions.”
He said the dog, which has no prior history with bylaw officers, reacted when the girl suddenly became entangled with it.
The three-year-old male pitbull was released back to its owner who has now been charged.
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