Stray dog solution sought after Manitoba girl fatally mauled
Published Friday, April 18, 2014 10:33AM EDT
After a 10-year-old girl was mauled to death in a remote northern Manitoba community, a First Nation leader says he would support a stray dog cull in the province.
Raquelle Tssessaze died on Tuesday, after two large mixed-breed dogs attacked when she was going to taekwondo class, police said.
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper knew Tssessazes grandparents.
"The community is grieving at this time," he told CTV Winnipeg. "It's pretty unfortunate."
The incident occurred in Lac Brochet, about 900 kilometres north of Winnipeg, RCMP said. The girl was rushed to a local nursing station, where she was pronounced dead.
According to Harper, although the dogs were owned by a local residens, they were unknown to Tssessaze. They have since been killed by local community members, police said.
In Harper's view, stray dogs are a "public safety issue."
"(Stray) dogs huddle 20 at a time and…when they attack another dog, they just tear them into pieces," he said.
"Especially the ones that are beyond that point of getting too vicious, those are the ones that (should) get destroyed."
With a report from CTV Winnipeg’s Meghan Roberts
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