Dog that fatally attacked 86-year-old woman in June surrendered to city

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Denis Bagaric, pictured here, and Talyn Calkins were charged with 12 offences under a city bylaw earlier this month. City officials confirmed that one of the three dogs involved in the fatal attack was surrendered on the court record on Thursday. (Denis Bagaric/Facebook - image credit)
Denis Bagaric, pictured here, and Talyn Calkins were charged with 12 offences under a city bylaw earlier this month. City officials confirmed that one of the three dogs involved in the fatal attack was surrendered on the court record on Thursday. (Denis Bagaric/Facebook - image credit)

One of the dogs that fatally attacked an 86-year-old Calgary woman in June has been surrendered to the city, officials confirmed on Friday.

Police had been called to the northwest community of Capitol Hill on the afternoon of June 5 for reports of an 86-year-old woman being attacked by three dogs. A spokesperson with Calgary police previously told CBC News that the woman was in a back alley gardening when the attack occurred.

Paramedics took the woman to hospital in life-threatening condition, but she died a short time later.

Before the dog can be euthanized, formal paperwork for transfer of ownership from the citizen to the City of Calgary still needs to be completed.

The status of the other two dogs is yet to be determined by the court, as the Dangerous Dog Act application is scheduled to be heard on Sept. 27 and 28. The three dogs are a North American pit bull terrier mix, a North American Staffordshire mix and an American pit bull.

Denis Bagaric/Facebook
Denis Bagaric/Facebook

Denis Bagaric and Talyn Calkins, the owners of the three dogs, were charged earlier this month with three offences for an animal attack on a person causing severe injury, three offences for an animal attack to a person, three offences for an animal bite to a person and three offences for an animal running at large.

A mandatory provincial court appearance is required as a result of the charges, each of which carries carries a maximum penalty of $10,000 or up to six months imprisonment for a fine that goes unpaid.

The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw dictates that dogs must remain in control and within view of their owner.

Calgary police are continuing an investigation into potential criminal charges.

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