A 10-year-old girl is dead after being mauled by two dogs in Lac Brochet, Man., a small First Nations community in the far northern part of the province.

Community members found the girl badly injured and RCMP officers were called to the scene around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Lac Brochet, Man.

A 10-year-old girl was mauled to death by two dogs in Lac Brochet, Man. Lac Brochet is one of the northernmost communities in Manitoba. (Google Maps)

The girl was rushed to a nursing station where she was pronounced dead, RCMP said.

Family members confirmed the girl was Racquelle Tssessaze.

Laura Tssessaze told CBC News she is devastated to have to bury her young granddaughter, whom she described as a sweet little girl.

"Very kind ... always a smile on her face," she said.

Racquelle Tssessaze

Racquelle Tssessaze was walking to a taekwondo class after school on Tuesday when she was attacked by two dogs. (Family photo)

Tssessaze said she has called Racquelle "Little Six" since she was born, because the child was born with six fingers.

Tssessaze said Racquelle was walking to a taekwondo class after school with two other girls when the attack happened.

The two girls ran back to school to get help. Jack Denecheze heard about the attack and raced there on his snowmobile.

"When I got there, she was laying on the ground already, on the snow, hardly breathing," he said. "And I chased the dogs away and I pick her up and took [her] to the nursing station." 

He said he did what he could, but the girl died on the way to the nursing station.

"I was taking her … and I guess that's when she lost her, her last breath," Denecheze said.

Denedchezhe said the dogs belonged to his brother and have since been put down.

'I was taking her … and I guess that's when she lost her, her last breath.' - Jack Denecheze

Tssessaze said just a couple days before the attack, community members raised concerns after another girl was chased by a couple of stray dogs.

She said the incident was reported to Lac Brochet's chief and council, but nothing was done. She said now, they want to know why.

"When things happen, they happen, but there's also ... prevention, you know. It could have been prevented," she said. 

Instead of celebrating Easter, the family is planning the girl's funeral.

"We shouldn't be burying a child or grandchild at this time," Laura said. 

Officers are investigating and an autopsy has been ordered.

Tssessaze said grief councillors were to be at the school Thursday to help the children and the community cope.

Racquelle's death is the second fatal mauling in a month in Manitoba. In late March, a seven-year-old girl was mauled to death by two Alaskan malamute dogs in Oakbank.

Those dogs, owned by a friend of the family, were later euthanized.








 

"When things happen, they happen, but there's also ... prevention, you know. It could have been prevented," she said. 
Instead of celebrating Easter, the family is planning the girl's funeral.
"We shouldn't be burying a child or grandchild at this time," Laura said.