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Updated: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:09:06 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Pit bull that bit baby girl's face to be euthanized



One-year-old Cali Leclair, pictured above, was bitten by a pit bull at a home in west Ottawa on Sunday morning. Facebook

One-year-old Cali Leclair, pictured above, was bitten by a pit bull at a home in west Ottawa on Sunday morning. Facebook

The pit bull that bit a baby girl's face in west Ottawa yesterday is in bylaw department custody and on a list to be euthanized, police say.

Emergency crews responded to the 90 block of Draffin Court at about 9:10 a.m. ET Sunday, where they found a baby girl — Cali Leclair — with “multiple severe lacerations” to her face.

Paramedics took her to hospital for surgery. She was listed in serious but stable condition at the time.

The baby lost most of her nose and her breathing could be affected for the rest of her life, paramedics said.

The Ottawa police sexual assault and child abuse unit is assisting the Children's Aid Society with its investigation. The City of Ottawa's bylaw department, which took the pit bull into their custody, is also investigating.

Police said the child was bitten on the nose while the family was playing with the pit bull inside their home. Neighbours say the dog, named Boss, had bitten a child before.

​Neighbour Beatrice Mushanga said the baby's family, which has two other dogs, had taken the pit bull from a friend who was unable to train it. The dog was undergoing rehabilitation.

The parents of the child could face a charge of up to $10,000, and possibly six months in jail, if they knew the dog had a history of attacks.

Pit bull ban in effect since 2005

In Ontario, it’s illegal to own, import or breed a pit bull, which is one of several breeds, including the Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, pit bull terrier, or any mix thereof.

People who owned pit bulls before the ban was put in place in August 2005 were allowed to keep their animals, but owners are ordered to ensure the dogs are spayed or neutered.

The dogs also have to be muzzled and leashed in public.

The law gives judges the right to put down the animals if they’ve been involved in an attack.

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