The daily paper in Victoria, the Times Colonist, has reported that a pit bull and Rottweiler cross-bred dog has been destroyed after it mauled an infant in the family's home.
A 16-day-old baby girl is in Victoria General Hospital, where she's expected to recover from non-life-threatening injuries to her face.
According to the Times Colonist, the early-morning incident occurred in the Glanford area of Saanich, which is a suburb of Victoria.
Police told reporters that they're investigating whether the dog attack amounts to criminal negligence. The family allowed their pet to be euthanized.
According to the dogsbite.org website, pit bulls killed 176 Americans between 2005 and 2013, amounting to 62 percent of all canine-related deaths of human beings.
Together, pit bulls and Rottweilers were responsible for 74 percent of the deaths over that nine-year period.
The percentage rose to 81 percent in 2013, with 26 of the 32 dog-bite-related U.S. deaths attributed to those breeds.
In 2013, the City of Burnaby imposed significantly higher licensing fees on so-called vicious dogs. This came after pit bulls were deemed responsible for 24.7 percent of bites on other animals and humans, even though this breed accounted for just two percent of all licensed dogs in the city.