Family dog kills newborn baby boy in home in Airdrie

A family dog has killed a newborn baby in a community just north of Calgary.

AIRDRIE — A family dog has killed a newborn baby boy in a community just north of Calgary.

RCMP said the infant was attacked Wednesday morning inside the family’s home in Airdrie.

The boy was taken to Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary with traumatic injuries and died 12 hours later.

“It is a sad case all around,” said RCMP Sgt. Patricia Neely.

“The investigation has been conducted by the RCMP and there is absolutely no indication of negligence on behalf of the family… The pet has no previous history of aggression or violence and this was completely unexpected.”

The dog, a husky, is being quarantined until the family and bylaw officers decide whether it should be destroyed.

Counselling is being offered to the RCMP officers who attended the scene as it would be in any “traumatic experience,” Neely added.

“As people we certainly do feel deeply for the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and they have our deepest condolences,” she said.

Neely said police will not give any details about how the attack happened.

In 2010, a husky killed a three-week-old baby girl as she sat strapped in her car seat on the floor of a home in Quebec.

Her 17-year-old mother was allegedly outside having a cigarette when the dog attacked. She was charged with manslaughter but has yet to go to trial.

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