Community puts dog cull into effect after boy, 6, seriously injured by pack of stray animals
Published Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:44AM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:33PM CST
A young boy suffered serious injuries and had to be flown to hospital in Winnipeg after being attacked by a pack of stray dogs on Shamattawa First Nation on Monday.
Shamattawa RCMP responded around 9 a.m. on April 8 for a report of a six-year-old boy attacked by a pack of dogs in the community, about 850 kilometres northeast of Thompson.
Police said the boy was standing outside a home when the attack happened.
He was treated at a local nursing station and was then flown to Winnipeg for more treatment.
On Tuesday, police said the boy was now listed in stable condition.
The chief of Shamattawa told CTV News the boy was bit in the face and had to undergo surgery.
The dogs were located and destroyed by band officials and the RCMP.
“They are not pets…and they are definitely aggressive,” said Sgt. Line Karpish from RCMP.
CTV News has been told several other people on the First Nation have been attacked over the past few months by wild dogs.
After the incident involving the six-year-old boy, the First Nation’s chief said the community demanded a dog cull. CTV News has learned the cull started on April 9.
Yvonne Russell from Paw Tipsters previously started an online petition to ban culls on First Nations after a dog nicknamed Trooper was found injured and left to die on a northern reserve.
“If they are going to be putting them down, do it humanely,” she said. Russell said in some cases, injured dogs are tossed into pits and burned. She plans to take her petition to government officials in Ottawa.
In Shamattawa, pet owners are being told to keep their dogs inside while the cull is underway.
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