There has been an onslaught of dog attacks in the news, not just in Montreal but around the world, in the last few weeks.
This time an 11-year-old girl from Ville-Émard was the victim of a vicious dog bite that left her with 13 stitches to her hip.
The girl said she was playing in her new neighbour's yard when her friend decided to bring out the dog. She alleges that the dog began to growl while she was petting him and that's when he attacked.
Luckily, the young girl made it home where her mother immediately called 911. She was hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery.
You can read more about the attack at Journal de Montreal's site in French. But we warn you, the pictures are extremely graphic.
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The dog, who according to Montreal police is a breed similar to a Pitbull, is still living in the neighbourhood. The victim's mother fears for the safety of her family and children as the dog lives only a few meters from her own home.
In a new law implemented last year, any dog considered aggressive or 'at risk' is supposed to be immediately seized and evaluated by a veterinarian. Dogs deemed dangerous have to be vaccinated against rabies, microchipped and sterilized, and wear a muzzle in public spaces. In more severe cases, the dog will have to be put down.
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At this time, the dog in question must remain with its owners at all times, along with wear wearing a muzzle, until the city can evaluate.
All in all, this sounds like a sad situation for everyone involved.
There is an estimated 500,000 dog bites a year in Canada, with the majority of those being children under the age of 10.
To learn more about protecting your children from dog bites, check out Canada's Safety Council site here.
To read more about what you should do if you encounter a dangerous dog, check out the City of Montreal's website here.