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Six-year-old and mother attacked by dogs near Haliburton

Submitted by Haliburton Highlands OPP

On April 12 shortly before 4 p.m. members of the Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police and emergency crews were called to an address on Gainforth Road to assist with a serious dog bite complaint.

A six-year-old and her mother were walking near their home when they were attacked by two Saint Bernard dogs. The child's bites were extensive and she was flown by Ornge air ambulance to a Toronto area trauma centre with critical injuries. The mother's injuries were listed as non-life-threatening and has been released from hospital.

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.