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2 more pit bulls to be put down after fatal attack on 86-year-old Calgary woman

2 more pit bulls to be put down after fatal attack on 86-year-old Calgary woman
2 more pit bulls to be put down after fatal attack on 86-year-old Calgary woman

Two pit bulls responsible for the death of an 86-year-old woman will be put down, a Calgary judge has ruled.

In June 2022, three American Staffordshire terriers attacked Betty Ann Williams in the alley behind her home.

One dog, Smoki, has already been killed, but Rabie Ahmed, the lawyer for the dogs’ owner, argued that the other two should be spared as there was no evidence they were involved in the fatal attack.

Judge Bruce Fraser disagreed on Thursday.

“All three dogs attacked Ms Williams and were responsible for her horrific injuries,” Fraser said.

“These dogs should not be returned to the community because they pose a significant risk and danger to the public,” Fraser said.

‘A horrible death’

Dog owner Denis Bagaric was visibly emotional after Fraser made his decision.

On June 5, 2022, Bagaric’s dogs — Bossii, Cinnamon and Smoki — escaped from his fenced backyard in the northwest Capitol Hill neighborhood, according to the agreed statement of facts.

Williams was attacked in the alleyway where she was gardening. She suffered injuries to her entire body, with the most serious injuries to her head, jaw, neck and face.

Fraser reported Thursday that Williams’ lip and ear had been ripped off and her scalp had been lacerated.

“Mrs Williams died a horrible death,” the judge said.

In February, Bagaric pleaded guilty to two counts of violating Calgary city bylaws. He was fined $18,000 and banned from owning pets for 15 years.

The case prompted a separate, independent investigation because there was a 30-minute gap between the time the 911 call was made and the time emergency services arrived and treated Williams.

The Alberta Health Quality Council concluded that the initial 911 call was incorrectly coded to indicate that the attack was not life-threatening, causing the response time to be twice as long as it should have been.