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Boy, 5, dies from dog mauling
January 19, 2007
Canadian Press

CUMBERLAND HOUSE, Sask. – A five-year-old boy from northern Saskatchewan has died after being mauled by several dogs near his home.

RCMP say the boy was found lying on a road Thursday by members of the Cumberland House First Nation.

He was taken to the local health centre before being flown to a Saskatoon hospital, where he died of his injuries Thursday night.

Police say the boy was suffering from bite wounds and possible hypothermia.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

Several dogs believed responsible for the attack were destroyed by community members.

Cumberland House is about 330 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

A five-year-old boy in northern Alberta died in November after a similar attack by wandering dogs. The mauling on the North Tallcree reserve was so vicious the boy's facial features were destroyed. The child was also found by the side of a road.

The boy and his mother had been visiting from a nearby reserve when the attack happened Nov. 16.

A five-year-old girl was also killed by dogs at Garden River on the Little Red River reserve in Manitoba in November 1999 when she stopped to play with a puppy just 200 metres from her home. That attack was blamed on animals that were starving.

Officials have said in the past that stray dogs are a chronic problem on some reserves.


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