The pit bull which had caused multiple lacerations on severe levels after biting a baby's face on Sunday, April 27, was euthanised on Tuesday, April 29.
Cali Leclair, the baby girl who suffered the bites on her face, was found at the 90 block of Daffin Court. While paramedics rushed her to the hospital for immediate surgery, Leclair was reported to be in "serious" condition during that time, CBC News reported. The baby girl apparently lost her nose almost entirely, which means that she may suffer from troubled breathing for the rest of her life.
According to the Ottawa Police, Leclair was bitten on her nose by the pit bull when the pet dog was playing with her family in their house. Neighbours claimed that Boss, the dog in question, had bitten Leclair before as well. The Children's Aid Society was assisted by Ottawa Police in the investigation which was conducted by the bylaw department of the City of Ottawa. The department took the pit bull into custody as well.
Police said on Monday, April 28, that the investigation was concluded. However, no "criminal element in this matter" was established. The parents of Leclair avoided a financial fine of up to $10,000 as well as a six-month imprisonment. They would have faced such punishments if they were aware that their pet dog did have a history of attacks. According to their neighbour Beatrice Mushanga, the family has a couple of other dogs. The family apparently took the pit bull from one friend while they were unsuccessful in training it. According to reports, the pit bull was going through rehabilitation.
Interestingly, it is against the law to own a pit bull in Ontario. The city imposes a ban on several other breeds, including the American Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier, pit bull terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier. The ban has been in effect since August 2005. People who owned it before the ban was imposed were allowed to keep their dogs if these are neutered or spayed.