A dog owner is facing bylaw charges after an Australian cattle dog bit a nine-year-old child.

The child was playing with the dog owner’s children in their yard. 

“This dog has no record of previous aggression,” said Doug Anderson, a co-ordinator with Calgary’s animal bylaw services.

“It is not clear how close the dog owner was or if he viewed the attack.”

The incident happened on May 30 at about 7 p.m. in the northeast Calgary neighbourhood of Temple. 

The dog was tied to a tree. The child was taken to hospital by ambulance and had to undergo surgery.

The owner is now facing bylaw violation charges including owning an unlicensed dog.

A court appearance is mandatory and a judge could fine the owner up to $10,000.

The dog has been quarantined and will undergo a behavioural assessment.