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Vicious dog attacks in northern Ont. leave two with serious wounds

An Ontario Provincial Police cruiser is seen in this file photo. (File) An Ontario Provincial Police cruiser is seen in this file photo. (File)
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A dog owner has been charged after two people riding bicycles in a community near Sault Ste. Marie were recently attacked by two American Bulldogs.

The incidents took place at a residence on Neebish Road in Laird Township on May 25.

Ontario Provincial Police responded around 5 p.m., with help from Batchewana First Nation Police Service.

“Algoma Paramedic Services were on scene prior to police arrival and were attending to a victim with multiple dog bite wounds,” the OPP said in a news release Wednesday.

“This victim was operating a bicycle on Neebish Road when they were attacked by two dogs and sustained injuries to their left and right buttock, hip as well as several punctures to the left forearm, road rash to both knees, and was later transported to hospital in Richards Landing.”

Police contacted the victim May 27, who told them they also suffered a fractured collarbone.

In a separate attack that also took place on May 25, another person who was riding a bicycle on Neebish Road was approaching the property when they observed two dogs running aggressively towards them.

“The victim was attacked and fell to the ground,” the release said.

“The victim fought the dogs off and ran across the roadway and again was attacked. Police later located the victim at their residence with significant dog bite injuries to their right arm, bicep, triceps and right buttock.”

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

A 40-year-old dog owner was charged May 28 with owning a dog and failing to prevent it from biting or attacking another person or animal.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Provincial Court in Sault Ste Marie on July 3.

Algoma Public Health is helping police with the investigation.

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