A woman helping feed and care for wolf-dog hybrids at a sanctuary south of Nanaimo was airlifted to hospital in critical condition after being attacked by the animals Tuesday morning.
The woman, 69, was in a pen when she was attacked by three wolfdogs at the SWELL Wolf Education Centre around 9:30 a.m., according to the Fire Chief of Cranberry Fire Department.
She suffered facial injuries, leg injuries and possible skeletal injuries as a result.
“The woman entered the pen as she has many times before, and for unknown reasons, the animals attacked her,” said RCMP. “Her husband entered the pen, provided assistance then walked her out of the pen to waiting paramedics.”
The wolfdogs were penned up at the time of the incident, according to RCMP, who also said the three animals involved were a mix of domestic dog and wolf.
The BC Conservation Officer Service, paramedics and the North Cedar Fire Department were also on scene.
A BC Ambulance helicopter landed in a school field across from Cranberry Fire Hall, near the sanctuary, to airlift the woman to hospital. She was said to be in critical condition, according to BC Ambulance Service.
Nanaimo RCMP later said she sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the attack.
Meanwhile, the animals involved in the attack have since been euthanized.