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Thompson RCMP lay charges after dog attack

Dogs maul a child in Thompson and they are to be put down.

On February 1, at approximately 5:10 p.m., Thompson RCMP received a report of large dogs chasing kids around on Baffin Crescent in Thompson. Officers responded immediately, but no dogs were located. After speaking with area residents, officers learned an injured child was taken to local hospital with significant injuries.

Investigation has determined that a nine-year-old girl was walking alone to her friend’s house when three dogs started jumping on her, knocking her to the ground. The dogs were biting at her and ripping at her jacket. Passers-by saw what was happening and were able to drag the youth away from the dogs and get her to family, who immediately transported her to hospital. She suffered non-life-threatening, but serious injuries to her leg and was transported to Winnipeg hospital for surgery.

Officers were able to track down the dogs responsible for the attack and engaged Animal Control with the City of Thompson. The owner of two of the dogs, who cooperated with police, was a neighbour of the victim. He had also been watching a third dog. Two of the dogs are Belgian Malinois and one dog is a German Shepherd. The dogs were seized and the 31-year-old male owner was charged with Criminal Negligence.

After Vicious Animal Hearings, it was determined by the city that all three dogs will be euthanized. Further, the male charged was banned by the city from owning animals in Thompson moving forward.

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