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5 people attacked by dogs in west Edmonton Thursday


Five people were attacked by two pit bulls in Meadowlark Park Thursday afternoon, according to police.

The attacks were reported around 3:15 p.m. Police say the dogs were reportedly loose in the area when they bit two teens and three adults.

Lorena Barkwell lives in the area. She said she saw the dogs chase the two youths into the back of a truck parked on the street, and she was bitten on the leg when she tried to help calm the dogs down.

Afterward, the dogs attacked another couple walking across the street, she said.

Surveillance video obtained by CTV News Edmonton appears to show two teens attempting to get away from two dogs before a man tries to get the dogs under control. The man then appears to attack one of the teens.

A 57-year-old man was charged after "assaulting one of the male teens on scene who was trying to defend himself from the dogs," the Edmonton Police Service said.

The man is not the owner of the dogs; he was taking care of them, EPS said.

All but one adult were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"I have to go to the hospital and get a tetanus shot and get checked out, because my bite is swelling up already," Barkwell said.

The dogs were seized by City of Edmonton bylaw officials. A city representative said the dogs had no previous history of complaints.

There is no word yet on what will happen to the dogs, which are being held at the Animal Care and Control Centre.

The City of Edmonton has received 282 dog attack complaints since January. 

With files from CTV News Edmonton's Miriam Valdes-Carletti and Nav Sangha Top Stories

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