Ottawa police shoot two dogs after off-leash attacks
Published Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:56AM EDT
Ottawa police shot and killed two roaming dogs that were seen attacking an Ottawa woman and man on Saturday morning.
Witnesses say the large dogs looked like pit bulls, but officials have not confirmed the breed.
The attack happened around 11:15 a.m. Saturday in Orleans, an east Ottawa suburb. The two dogs were spotted biting a 25-year-old woman’s arms. She was quickly dragged to the ground, witnesses say.
“I woke up to a lady screaming and then cars honking like crazy, so I went outside and realized there were two huge pit bulls attacking her,” resident Tina Lavoie-Deschamps told CTV Ottawa.
“There was blood everywhere. It was really bad.”
Neighbours ran outside to help fight off the dogs. According to one witness who watched from her kitchen window, one man used a broom and another used a small shovel.
A 66-year-old man was also bitten during the attack, police say. Both victims were taken to hospital in stable condition.
The dogs eventually left the woman and ran off in separate directions. Ottawa police quickly tracked them down and shot both dogs.
“The dogs were put down due to what happened, and they were still aggressive in nature when they were spotted by the officers,” said Ottawa Police acting Sgt. Wayne Wilson.
Police say there are several unknowns related to the attack. The dogs had collars but no tags, which makes it difficult to identify an owner. Bylaw services and police are now investigating, and it’s yet to be determined whether the dogs were pit bulls.
The Saturday incident was the second dog attack in Ottawa in the last three weeks. In late July, a 50-year-old woman was mauled by a dog in Vanier. The dog was later euthanized.
With files from CTV Ottawa