Dog that mauled 4-year-old girl was a husky mix, RCMP say

The dog that mauled a four-year-old girl to death in Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Monday was a husky mix that the community's senior administrative officer says had no recent history of violence.

Dog was a pet that belonged to another family

The dog that mauled a four-year-old girl to death in Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Monday was a husky mix that the community's senior administrative officer says had no recent history of violence.

The dog was a pet belonging to another family and was tied up at a home down the street from where the girl lived, according to Rick Van Horn. It's since been put down. 

Van Horn, who works closely with municipal enforcement, said he was unaware of any recent complaints about the dog, though he later said it may have bitten someone during a vaccination.

Other people in the community later suggested the dog had attacked someone before, though CBC was unable to confirm when or where. 

In the legislature Tuesday, Tom Sammurtok, the community's MLA, acknowledged the victim was his nephew's daughter. 

Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet MLA Tom Sammurtok speaks in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly Tuesday. The MLA extended his condolences to the community. (CBC News)

"I would like to tell the residents of Chesterfield Inlet that they are in thoughts and prayers in this house," he said in Inuktitut. 

Van Horn described the hamlet of roughly 375 people as a "ghost town" Tuesday with many people staying home from work, including hamlet staff.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said the dog had no history in violence. In fact, the community's senior administrative officer said he was unaware of any complaints about the dog. Other people in the community later suggested the dog had attacked someone before.
    Jun 08, 2016 11:18 AM CT