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Rita Phillip gets 4 years for pit bull attack on friend

Rita Phillip was sentenced to four years in prison today for ordering her pit bulls to attack a friend staying at her place during an argument.
Rita Phillip was found guilty last June of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. (CBC)

Rita Phillip was sentenced to four years in prison today for ordering her pit bulls to attack a friend during an argument.

The Sundre woman was found guilty last June of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. She will get credit for 19 months for time already served. 

Deanna Wolfe said she'd like to see Rita Phillip get as much time as possible for ordering her two pit bulls attack her, leaving her disabled for life. The Crown prosecutor asked for a seven-year sentence. (CBC)

Her victim almost died after the attack in August 2012. Deanna Wolfe had been staying with Phillip in her Sundre mobile home. 

When officers arrived at the scene, Wolfe was so badly injured they believed she was dead.

Wolfe's ear was severed in the attack and she is left with permanent injuries. She says she has had 14 surgeries already, with nine more planned to reconstruct her ear.

"What she did was pretty much take my life," said Wolfe of the lasting injuries, pain and disabilities.

No longer able to work because of her physical injuries, Wolfe says she also suffers from PTSD.

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