Nova Scotia

Call for pit bull ban after Wagmatcook attack

A Wagmatcook, N.S., mother wants pit bulls banned from her reserve after one attacked her daughter last week.

Girl, 7, bitten by dog while playing

A Wagmatcook, N.S., mother wants pit bulls banned from her reserve after one attacked her daughter last week. 1:43

A Wagmatcook, N.S., mother wants pit bulls banned from her reserve after one attacked her daughter last week.

Charlotte Bernard's neighbour's dog Boss attacked her seven-year-old in front of her home in the Cape Breton community. Charlize Bernard said she was sliding down a hill when the dog struck.

"I was really scared and he attacked me," Charlize said Tuesday.

The pit bull grabbed her from behind and shook her. The girl has a bruised back caused when the dog's teeth ripped through her coat.

It then attacked a second time and bit the girl's leg.

Brother saves the day

Her 13-year-old brother Edwin kicked the dog and stopped the attack.  

"Charlize was screaming and it went back to her, so I kicked it harder and it just went off and ran down the hill," he said.

The pit bull involved in this attack was destroyed.

The same dog attacked Anne Isador last year. She needed six stitches.

"It scares me every time I see a dog. I am afraid of the dog," Isador said.

Charlotte Bernard said her daughter is now frightened of dogs. She wants pet owners to be held responsible for the actions of their animals.

"They should ban the pit bulls. If not, at least get them tagged and tie them up," she said.

Wagmatcook has a dog bylaw and a control officer visits about three times a week.

The Wagmatcook band council said banning pit bulls is on their agenda.