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(Posted 9:30 a.m., Aug. 14)
Young woman attacked, seriously injured by marauding dogs in Queenswood Heights

By Fred Sherwin

A man and a woman were injured, one seriously, when they were attacked by a pair of marauding "pit bull" type dogs near the corner of Lamoureux Drive and Des Epinettes Avenue in Queenswood Heights late Saturday morning.

According to eye-witnesses, the 25-year-old victim was attacked by two dogs described as being "pit bull like" and very large, at around 11:30 a.m.

The women, who was knocked to the ground during the attack, suffered severe bite marks to her forearms, face and buttocks as she tried to fend off the two dogs.

The attack lasted about four to five minutes before an unidentified elderly man came to the woman's rescue by beating the dogs off with a shovel. During the altercation he too was bitten on his left knee.

The dogs retreated across Des Epinettes and down Duvernay Drive where they were eventually cornered by several police officers who shot and killed them to prevent the situation from escalating any further.

Tina Lavoie-Deschamps witnessed the attack from her second floor window on Lamoureux Drive.

“I ran out and made it to the trees,” Lavoie-Dechamps told the Ottawa Sun. “And I realized I could’t help her because it’s two huge pit bulls. They were just attacking her. She was on the ground and there was blood everywhere. It was bad.”

According to Lavoie-Dechamps, several passing motorists stopped at the scene and started blowing their horns in an effort to distract the dogs.

“A couple of minutes later, an older guy came with a shovel, so the dog went to go and attack him but he hit him in the head so then the dog ran away … so (the woman being attacked) had time to get in a car.”

Members of the Ottawa Police Service and bylaw officers are currently investigating to see who owns the two dogs. They are asking that anyone who may have information about the incident, or the dogs, contact them at 613-236-1222 ext. 3700.

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