Airdrie pit bull to be euthanized after fatal attack

WATCH: Constable Jason Curtis of the Airdrie RCMP describes the events that led to the pitbull being euthanized.

CALGARY – A pit bull that killed a dog in Airdrie over the weekend will be euthanized, according to RCMP.

The pit bull was being walked by its owner on a leash on Saturday evening, when it was approached by a cockapoo that had left its owner’s yard.

The pit bull attacked the other dog, killing it.

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Afterward, RCMP say the owner of the pit bull lost control of the leash and the pit bull ran off.

Police searched for the pit bull. It was eventually located by its owner, who voluntarily surrendered it to Airdrie Municipal Enforcement.

RCMP say the animal had a history of violence, and was known to be aggressive.

“Obviously nobody wants to put down an animal,” says RCMP Cst. Jason Curtis. “But when the animal has a violent history or is involved in a violent incident, you want to err on the side on public safety.”

“We don’t want to see any child or person get hurt.”

“Based on some previous incidents involving this animal, it was enough to decide that, unfortunately, in the interest of public safety the animal would have to be put down,” adds Curtis.

Officials say it’s not expected that charges will be laid against the owner.

Barkley the cockapoo was killed on August 2nd, 2014 in a dog attack in Airdrie.

Kirk Giesbrecht