Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Dogs that mauled little girl to death put down

  • Print

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

Municipality officials made the decision to put down the dogs after consulting with the office of Manitoba's chief medical examiner.

The RCMP and medical examiner no longer needed the dogs for their investigations.

The dogs -- Bear and Shadow -- were killed by injection Thursday.

"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 could take up to 10 days, Smith said.

Gracie Herntier-Clark, of St. Andrews, was visiting friends near Oakbank when the two dogs suddenly became vicious.

She had played with the dogs on many previous visits and loved animals.

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

Gracie, a Grade 2 student at St. Andrews School, has been described as a bright and inquisitive girl.

She "loved all animals, especially her three dogs Blacky, Mango and 'The Mexican' Chi-Chi," her obituary in the Free Press read.

"Gracie spent countless hours with her dogs teaching them how to read and write, she never gave up on them."

The RCMP haven't ruled out laying criminal charges against the dogs' owners.

A criminal investigation into her death will likely involve consultation with senior justice officials and could take months.

Typically, a charge of negligence would be considered, but to prove such an offence, the dog owners would have to be guilty of "a wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons" either through commission or omission of an act.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 22, 2014 ??65532

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Faron Hall honoured by Mayor Sam Katz - May 6, 2009

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Two Canada geese fly Wednesday afternoon at Oak Hammock Marsh- Front bird is banded for identification- Goose Challenge Day 3- - Apr 30, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you agree with the mandatory helmet law for cyclists under 18?

View Results

Ads by Google