Pit bull euthanized after biting baby girl's face

A pit bull that bit a baby girl's face on Sunday, causing multiple severe lacerations, has been euthanized, the city said Tuesday.

Ottawa girl suffered multiple severe facial lacerations and lost most of nose in Sunday attack

City bylaw officers may still lay charges however as they continue to investigate. 2:58

A pit bull that bit a baby girl's face on Sunday, causing multiple severe lacerations, has been euthanized, the city said Tuesday.

One-year-old Cali Leclair, pictured above, was bitten by a pit bull at a home in west Ottawa on Sunday morning. (Facebook)
Emergency crews had responded to the 90 block of Draffin Court Sunday morning, 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 at the time. 

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.

Ottawa police were assisting the Children's Aid Society with its investigation. The City of Ottawa's bylaw department, which took the pit bull into its custody, is also investigating.

But police said Monday afternoon they had concluded their investigation and said they could not establish "any criminal element in this matter."

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

The attack happened inside this west Ottawa home. (CBC)
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.

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.

  • On mobile? Click here to find out where the attack happened.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.