One Ontario family's world was flipped upside down this Easter. A Haliburton dog attack caused a six-year-old girl to be airlifted to a Toronto hospital after she was mauled by two St. Bernard dogs. Her mother also suffered injuries and was taken to a local hospital to be treated.

The incident occurred near Haliburton, Ont. on Easter Sunday, April 12.

According to Kawarthanow, the little girl is in critical condition with bad bite wounds after being attacked in the Dysart et al township south of Haliburton on April 12.

The incident occurred just before 4 p.m., according to OPP Sgt. Jason Folz.

“Pending the outcome of this ongoing police investigation the animals have been placed in quarantine outside of the community by order of the health unit,” Folz said, via Global News.

Narcity reached out to OPP for comment.

According to Global, both the Haliburton Highlands OPP and emergency crews arrived on the scene just off Gainforth Road for reports of injuries of two individuals due to an animal attack.

It was reported that the two victims, mother and daughter, were just walking near their house when they were suddenly seized upon by the St. Bernards, which are classified as a "giant dog breed."

The injuries on the little girl were so bad that she had to be sent to a Toronto-area trauma centre via Ornge air ambulance.

According to Sgt. Folz, the mother has been released with far less serious injuries. Per CTV News, OPP says the woman was hurt trying to protect her daughter.

Richard Ovcharovic, a manager of environmental health at the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, told Global the dogs are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

The animals have now been placed in quarantine for 10 days as a result.

It is not known at this point who these dogs belong to.


Dog attacks are not unheard of in Ontario.

Back in September 2019, a two-year-old boy was viciously attacked by dogs and was found with serious, life-threatening injuries. Tragically, he later died.

Three men in Winnipeg, Man. also dealt with the same fate after their four pitbull-like dogs attacked them and left them with serious injuries, despite one man's defensive efforts with a bat.

In some Ontario parks last summer, especially in Toronto and Ottawa, pet owners were warned of dogs being subject to some dangerous attacks and Toronto Police issued a public statement.

In this particular case, the size of the dogs involved is thought to have contributed to the severity of the child's injuries.

St. Bernards are generally considered giant but gentle dogs, and it is unclear what prompted the attack in this instance.

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