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Three dogs seized after fatal Calgary dog attack

Calgary police are investigating the death of an elderly woman after being attacked by three dogs in northwest Calgary.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the 1500 block of 21 Avenue NW after reports an 86-year-old woman had been attacked by three unknown dogs.

According to police, neighbours and the dog owner tried to intervene in the attack. The owner was able to remove the dogs before first responders arrived, police said.

The three dogs are believed to be a North American Pitbull Terrier mix, a North American Staffordshire mix and an American Pitbull, police said.

EMS took the woman to the hospital in life-threatening condition, but she died shortly after. Police said the woman’s identity isn’t being released at this time.

“This was an extremely tragic event that resulted in the death of an innocent woman,” says Detective Kerry Parsons, of the Calgary Police Service General Investigations Unit.

“Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the victim, as we continue to investigate this incident.”

Calgary Community Standards seized the three dogs and they’re being held while the investigation is ongoing.

Calgary police and the city’s animal services are working together to determine any charges that may be laid.  They’re asking anyone with information to come forward by calling 403-266-1234.