EDMONTON — A three-year-old Alberta girl was recovering in hospital Wednesday after getting more than 150 stitches to repair severe injuries to her face from a dog bite.
“Heard a dog, and heard the daughter cry and heard some woman screaming and I seen pink under the dog,” Rodney King said outside Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital.
The pink was King’s toddler, Caidynce.
The attack happened Monday night at a baseball diamond in Grande Prairie.
The Kings say Caidynce was running back and forth between her father’s game and her mother’s game.
“It’s not something that should be able to even happen,” King said. “It’s a family-oriented place, it shouldn’t even have dogs.”
Police say witnesses told them the girl was playing with two dogs which were tied up near the baseball diamonds.
Investigators say the girl reportedly had fallen on the larger dog, and that’s when it’s believed the animal bit the girl’s face.
The dog is now under a 10-day quarantine to ensure it doesn’t have rabies.
“Not sure what happened, if the dog wheeled around and met face-to-face and there was a bite. It’s not like these dogs were roaming around hunting children or anything,” said RCMP Sgt. Gord McMahon.
King says he’s torn about whether the dog should be put down, adding perhaps the dog wasn’t trained properly, or maybe it was a freak accident.
But he doesn’t want to risk this dog attacking another child.
If the dog checks out from the quarantine, it will have to be muzzled if it comes into Grande Prairie. The dog will also have to be on a leash at all times.
There is no word if the dog’s owner will face charges.