Lindsay and Michael Holmes stand in their backyard. Behind them is the fence they jumped to save their neighbor being mauled by a pit bull.
Michael Holmes had just eaten lunch with his wife and their toddler son around 12:30pm when they heard cries for help coming from the house behind theirs on Marier Avenue in Vanier.
"We hopped the fence and found her in the balcony being severely mauled by this PIT BULL," Holmes said. "She had significant blood loss and flesh loss as well. It was doing a number on her." Using a piece of wood, Holmes said he hit the dog multiple times in the head before it retreated back into the house. "He paused long enough for us to get the woman out of the doorway and let the door shut," he said. Lindsay, who works as a first-aid instructor, grabbed medical supplies to help the 50-year-old woman who had lost chunks of flesh from her arm and leg. "You could see down to the fatty tissue and the tendons on her arm. When paramedics came they put tourniquets on her arm and leg." Gisele Leroux, 59, lives in a unit above Holmes and she jumped the fence to also assist. "If we weren't home, the poor woman would have died; the dog did not want to let go." Paramedics said because of the location of the incident, firefighters had to help extricate the victim. The pit bull is owned by the daughter of the victim. The daughter lives downstairs with the dog while the mother lives upstairs. Holmes, who himself owns two dogs, said that he is very uncomfortable with pit bulls in the area and would like to see more restrictions placed on owners in light of the mauling. ____________________________________________________
Paramedics responded to an incident involving a dog mauling that occurred in the area of Montfort Street and Marier Avenue in Vanier. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at 12:37 hrs today, Saturday July 23rd, 2016.
Paramedics found a 50-year-old female with significant and extensive critical wounds throughout her torso and extremities requiring advanced life support by Paramedics and their Special Operations Unit.
The complexity of the incident and its location required extrication and high angle rescue provided by Firefighters of the Ottawa Fire Service.
The female was transported to the Ottawa Trauma Center in critical condition. By early notification to the Trauma Center, a dedicated surgical trauma team was activated and waiting upon Paramedics arrival.
The dog, believed to be a PIT BULL, has been secured by Ottawa Police & Ottawa Bylaw Services.