Baby recovering from dog attack
Okotoks: Family pet seized after 10-month-old bit
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 06:00 am
An Okotoks child has been released from hospital after requiring surgery to repair a bite to the face from the family dog.
The 10–month-old baby was suddenly bit on the face at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the family’s Okotoks home.
Tim Stobbs, Okotoks Municipal Enforcement team leader, said the child was taken to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary and went for surgery for damage to the left side of the face and was released on Sept. 27.
In the meantime, he said Municipal Enforcement officers seized the dog, a Staffordshire Terrier, from the family.
Stobbs said the dog had been a family pet for a number of years and didn’t have any history of vicious behaviour and the bite was unexpected.
“This happened on private property, in a residence, from a dog that has no (vicious) history,” he said. “The dog is properly licensed, has been properly cared for, has been treated by a vet and maintained by a vet.”
Stobbs said the owners are co-operating with bylaw officials and turned the dog over when asked to do so.
He said the dog will be held and assessed.
“The dog is right now in quarantine for 10 days, during which time we’ll probably do a behavioural assessment on the dog,” he said.
However, Stobbs said the dog’s ultimate fate is not yet known, but it could end up being destroyed.
“At this time the owners only want what’s the best for the dog and their family and if they feel the dog cannot pass a behavioural test or it can’t come back to the family, then it may have to be destroyed,” he said.
Bylaw officials aren’t considering any charges at this time.