Manitoba

Dogs put down after attacking 8-year-old boy in Gimli

Two dogs have been euthanized after they attacked an eight-year-old boy who was waiting for the school bus in Gimli, Man., last month.
An eight-year-old boy was waiting for the school bus in Gimli, Man., on March 25 when a pair of German shepherd mix dogs jumped on him from behind. The child escaped with minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital, RCMP said Friday.

Two dogs have been euthanized after they attacked an eight-year-old boy who was waiting for the school bus in Gimli, Man., last month.

The boy was standing at Fourth Avenue shortly before 9 a.m. on March 25 when the pair of German shepherd mix dogs jumped on him from behind.

The child escaped with minor injuries from bites and was treated at a local hospital, RCMP said in a news release Friday.

Gimli Mayor Randy Woroniuk said the owner of the dogs followed a decision by council to have the dogs put down.

"The owner … understood the fact that the dog that did the biting should be put down. Wasn't too certain that the second dog should be put down, but we didn't have the confidence that this dog would not do it again," he told CBC News.

Woroniuk said the owner also admitted that the two dogs were "not 100 per cent socialized."

"Even with a socialized dog, you never know what's going to trigger an attack," he said.

"The second dog was feeding off the energy from the first dog who did the biting; you just never know if that dog will do it again."

No charges will be laid in the case, RCMP said.

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