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Lac Brochet girl mauled to death by dogs

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A 10-year old girl was mauled to death by dogs in Lac Brochet First Nation in northern Manitoba.

The child died of her injuries, but the circumstances of her death weren’t immediately available, police said.

Around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thompson RCMP responded to a call that a child had been mauled by two dogs in Lac Brochet, according to a police statement issued late Wednesday afternoon.

The 10-year-old girl from Lac Brochet was rushed to the local nursing station, where she was pronounced deceased.

Two large dogs of unknown breed were destroyed by community members immediately after the attack. The dogs did belong to a community member, but the girl wasn't familiar with them, RCMP said.

This is the second such death this winter.

Seven-year-old Gracie Herntier-Clark was pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg after being attacked by two Alaskan malamutes named Bear and Shadow Mar. 16.

Gracie had been visiting family friends and was playing outside near Oakbank when the dogs attacked her. RCMP say she did have adult supervision, but may have been left alone with the animals for just a minute or two. No charges were laid in that death.

Before that, the last known incident in Manitoba occurred in January 2013 when a 15-year-old girl was mauled to death by several wild dogs roaming Gods Lake First Nation.

Deadly dog attacks are rare in Canada, with typically an average of about one per year. The vast majority happen in remote northern locales and involve sled-dog breeds.

Lac Brochet is a remote northern Dene community of more than 1,000 people, of which more than 800 live in the community. Lac Brochet is the village site for the Northlands First Nation. It is 1,015 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

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