RCMP spokesman Inspector Frank Smart, Operations Officer for the Southern Alberta district talks to the media at RCMP headquarters in Calgary after Mounties have charged a fugitive Sundre woman in a dog attack that severely mauled a Calgarian in the town northwest of the city. Rita Phillip, 57, is facing a charge of aggravated assault after a 26-year-old Calgary woman was attacked by two pit bull-type dogs last Saturday.
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CALGARY -- Mounties are looking for a woman who they say sicced her two pitbulls on a Calgarian who nearly died in the attack last weekend.
Rita Phillip, 57, of Sundre, a town northwest of the city, is facing a charge of aggravated assault after a 26-year-old Calgary woman was savagely attacked by the pair of dogs early Saturday in a mobile home park.
Phillip encouraged the attack on the woman who suffered extreme injuries to her arms, face and has lost an ear, said RCMP Insp. Frank Smart.
"She was responsible for the attack on the victim," he said. "Our evidence has indicated this individual was in the residence with the victim and her actions led to the dogs attacking the victim."
He couldn't say what kind of a dispute might had led to the incident.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim in a bedroom, with wounds so severe officers thought she was dead.
"One of our RCMP officers had to drive the ambulance so the EMS members could work on the victim," said Smart.
The two highly aggressive, lunging dogs that each weighed 80-90 lbs., were found inside another bedroom of Phillip's home, he said, where one of them was successfully sedated.
The other escaped and was shot dead while charging officers in the mobile home, said Smart.
Now listed in critical but stable condition at Foothills hospital, the injured woman -- who was a friend of the accused -- has supplied RCMP information about the incident. he said.
"She was able to provide details last weekend, which is a good sign," said Smart.
The surviving light brown male pitbull is being held at the City of Calgary's animal shelter while its fate is determined.
As RCMP neared the scene early Saturday morning, Phillip took off, said Smart.
"We believe she fled the residence on foot, what she did after that we're not certain," he said.
Neighbours have told QMI Agency they feared the dogs, who they say have been involved in other violent incidents, including a bloody assault on a Rottweiler-husky cross last year.
Smart said they're aware of allegations the same pitbulls had recently bit Saturday's victim previous to the latest attack.
He said ordering a dog attack is extremely rare and disturbing.
"People need to be responsible for their pets and it's our civic duty to have everyone else use that thought process," said Smart.