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Dogs involved in fatal attack euthanized

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The RM of Springfield has euthanized two Alaskan malamutes that fatally attacked a seven-year-old girl last Sunday.

The RM made the decision to put down the dogs after consulting with the Medical Examiner's Office. The RCMP and medical examiner no longer need the dogs for their investigations.

The dogs were killed by injection late Thursday afternoon. "The people that owned the dogs didn't want anything to do with them. The dogs are obviously unpredictable," said Scott Smith, RM of Springfield chief administrator.

Samples were taken to test the dogs for rabies and other diseases but results can take up to 10 days to come back, Smith said.

Gracie Herntier-Clark, of St. Andrews, was visiting friends near Oakbank last week when the two dogs suddenly became vicious. She had played with the dogs on many previous visits and was a great lover of animals.

Her funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Pentecostal Church, 955 Wilkes Ave.

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Updated on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM CDT: Story updated

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