Family members are mourning the loss of four-year-old Sheena Levina Jenny Uqaituk, who was killed by dogs in Puvirnituq, a northern Quebec village on the Hudson Bay coast.

The girl's mother, Mary Uqaituk, said she believes two dogs were involved in the attack. 

The four-year-old's body was found on Saturday outside her home in Puvirnituq, which is in the Inuit territory of Nunavik.

Uqaituk said the dogs have been put down. 

Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Mélanie Dumaresq said police are investigating and officers are meeting with witnesses in the community.

"From the first information we received, it could be an accidental death caused by an animal, maybe a dog," Dumaresq said earlier.

The girl's body will be flown to Montreal for an autopsy.​

With files from The Canadian Press