Pit bull that bit child to be euthanized

The pit bull involved in Sunday's attack against a 14-month-old girl is being euthanized.

The little girl suffered serious injuries to her face when she was bitten in her Centrepointe-area home. She had been trying to pat the dog.

The girl's parents had taken in the pit bull in an attempt to rehabilitate it; the dog had reportedly bitten a child before.

Linda Anderson, the chief of By-Law and Regulatory Services, said its original owner has been very cooperative.

"The original owner of the dog from the very beginning, when contacted advised us that he intended to have the dog euthanized when his veterinarian offices opened on Monday," she told CFRA.

It has been illegal in Ontario to own a pit bull since 2005, but the city only follows up on the animals if they get calls about them.

Anderson said they had no record of this dog. It's still not clear if its owner or the child's parents will face any fines.

"Our focus today is to have the dog euthanized and that's what we're focusing on," she said. "Tomorrow we will have discussions about potential charges, but today we want to focus on ensuring that the dog is euthanized."

Anderson said By-Law gets around 300 reports of dog bites every year.

The baby was taken to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario to be treated for serious injury. Her family declined to update the media on her condition.

Following the incident, paramedics told CTV Ottawa the girl may suffer long-term damage.

"It's a traumatic event," said Michael O'Brien with Ottawa Paramedics. "She may have psychological issues due to this, fears of dogs. [She] may have physical injuries that could go on."

The Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit along with Children's Aid Society also conducted investigations into the incident.

The Ottawa Police Service said it will not be laying charges, saying there is no criminal element to the case.

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