A girl mauled by dogs while on the way to taekwondo class has died. Police say two large mixed-breed dogs viciously attacked her after she took a shortcut while walking to taekwondo class. Although police declined to release the girl's identity, Wednesday's report from the Winnipeg Free Press identified her as 10-year-old Raquelle Tssessaze.
CBC News reports that the tragic incident occurred in a remote community in northern Manitoba, Canada, around 6 p.m. Tuesday. No one witnessed the girl being mauled by the dogs but community members found the girl badly injured shortly after the attack. The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“It’s hard to talk about,” Raquelle’s great-aunt, told the local news station. “There are so many memories of her. We had Christmas dinners, special occasions together. No one is doing too good. We’re a small community and everyone knows one another. When an incident like this happens, everyone is so, so sad.”
Immediately following the vicious attack, community members set out to find the dogs responsible for the murder. Police say community members found and killed the dogs shortly after the mauling. Reportedly, the dogs belonged to a member of the community.
The shocking incident shook nearby residents and it prompted a First Nation leader to voice his support for a stray dog cull in the province. The grandmother of the girl mauled by dogs was especially heartbroken and she gave the following statement to media sources: “Right now, all we can do is try to hold up as best we can,” she said. “We still have each other.I’ll miss her little smile and her kindness. She was a sweet little girl,” Laura Tssessaze sadly expressed.