Nova Scotia

Woman in serious condition after dog attack

A Nova Scotia woman is in hospital in serious condition after a dog attacked her in Yarmouth.

A Nova Scotia woman is in serious condition after a dog attacked her when she walked into a Yarmouth building.

Police had to kill the dog to stop the attack, which happened at about 5 p.m. Saturday at a Main Street building that houses a business and apartments.

The woman tried to escape, but the dog, believed to be a pit bull, continued to maul her as she fled outdoors, RCMP said.

Police officers found the woman outside, and she is lucky to be alive, said Cpl. Paul Pittman. 

"When they arrived, the dog was still attacking the woman. Both [RCMP] members tried to pull the dog from the female, and struggling with the dog, they had to shoot it."

Pittman said police were called on an earlier occasion about a dog attacking someone in the building, but no charges were laid, and it's not known if it was the same dog.

The woman, in her mid-40s, suffered serious injuries to her face and upper body and was airlifted to hospital in Halifax.

Police are investigating and it's not yet clear if charges will be laid.

With files from The Canadian Press