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Bail denied for woman accused in dog attacks

Bail has been denied a Sundre woman accused of ordering her dogs to attack another woman who was visiting her home.

Rita Phillip, 57, is charged with aggravated assault in connection with an alleged dog attack in the early hours of Saturday, Aug. 18.

Sundre RCMP report that they arrived at the mobile home to find two aggressive dogs barricaded in one room and a severely injured woman in another.

One of the dogs was shot at the scene when it escaped the room. The other was caught and placed in quarantine.

In Didsbury provincial court on Monday, Phillip pleaded not guilty to the charge and asked for a trial by Court of Queen’s Bench judge and jury.

She remains in custody pending a preliminary inquiry set for Feb. 6, 2013. Such hearings are normally ordered to test the strength of the Crown’s case and determine whether the case should proceed to trial.

If a trial is ordered, it will be scheduled at a later date.

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