Staffordshire terriers impounded following attack on other dog in south Edmonton

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Two American Staffordshire terriers have been seized and impounded following an attack involving another dog Monday afternoon.

Officers responded to a report of three dogs fighting in the area of 108 Street and 75 Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. Monday, Edmonton city police spokeswoman Carolin Maran said in an email Monday. Maran said a woman was walking her dog, an American Staffordshire terrier, when two other dogs, also American Staffordshire terriers, escaped a nearby backyard and began fighting.

Maran said three women (the dog owners and a bystander) received non-life-threatening injuries while trying to separate the animals.

City of Edmonton spokeswoman Chrystal Coleman said in an email Tuesday the two dogs that escaped have been seized and impounded.

“We’re still waiting for the witness statements to come back as part of the investigation,” Coleman said. “Once we have those, we can determine what next steps need to be taken. The dog and owner (who were on the walk) did have injuries as a result of the attack along with two others who tried to break the dogs apart.”

According to Dogtime.com, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a muscular breed known for its size. The website describes them as loving and affectionate with human family members. They also share many common traits and pasts with their cousin the American Pit Bull terrier as both breeds have been used in illegal dog-fighting.

— With files from Lauren Boothby

A man waits with a dog as it is taken away by animal control officers following a dog attack near 108 Street and 75 Avenue, in Edmonton Monday Sept. 21, 2020. Two dogs were removed by animal control. Photo by David Bloom
A man waits with a dog as it is taken away by animal control officers following a dog attack near 108 Street and 75 Avenue, in Edmonton Monday Sept. 21, 2020. Two dogs were removed by animal control. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia
A dog is taken away by animal control officers following a dog attack near 108 Street and 75 Avenue, in Edmonton Monday Sept. 21, 2020. Two dogs were removed by animal control. Photo by David Bloom
A dog is taken away by animal control officers following a dog attack near 108 Street and 75 Avenue, in Edmonton Monday Sept. 21, 2020. Two dogs were removed by animal control. Photo by David Bloom /David Bloom/Postmedia
A woman tends to an injured dog following a dog attack near 108 Street and 75 Avenue, in Edmonton Monday Sept. 21, 2020. Two other dogs were taken from a nearby home by animal control officers. Photo by David Bloom
A woman tends to an injured dog following a dog attack near 108 Street and 75 Avenue, in Edmonton Monday Sept. 21, 2020. Two other dogs were taken from a nearby home by animal control officers. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia

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