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Calgary Police Officer Bitten By Roaming Dogs: Canines Put Down, Owners Fined

05/30/2013 11:09 EDT | Updated 07/30/2013 05:12 EDT
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CALGARY - Owners of two dogs involved in an incident last month in which a police officer was bitten on the leg have been fined more than $3,200.

On April 9, animal and bylaw services officers and police were called to a neighbourhood in Calgary for a report of two large dogs running loose near a school.

While officials tried to capture the two Tibetan mastiffs, one of the dogs had to be shot three times with a Taser, but not before a senior police officer was bitten.

The dogs were surrendered to bylaw officials.

In a release, Alvin Murray with the Animal and Bylaw services departments says behavioural assessments made it clear the dogs could not be allowed out in public again.

Both have been euthanized.

Murray says putting animals down is a last resort and "the ultimate consequence of not properly caring for and training your dog."

The owners were charged with multiple counts under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw and fined after an appearance in provincial court.

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