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Man Charged After Girl Attacked by Three Dogs in Thompson

February 14, 2023 10:46 AM | News


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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

The owner of three dogs has been charged after a young girl was attacked by the animals in Thompson, Manitoba earlier this month.

Manitoba RCMP say the nine-year-old victim was walking alone to her friend’s house on February 1 when the dogs began jumping on her. The girl was knocked to the ground and the dogs continued to bite at her, tearing her jacket.

Passers-by intervened and were able to drag the youth to safety. She was taken to hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries to her leg. She was later transported to hospital in Winnipeg.

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Officers tracked down the dogs with the help of animal control. The owner of two of the dogs, who cooperated with police, was a neighbour of the victim. He had also been watching a third dog. Two of the dogs are Belgian Malinois and one dog is a German Shepherd. The dogs were seized and the 31-year-old man was charged with criminal negligence.

RCMP say all three dogs will be euthanized. The owner was also banned by the city from owning animals in Thompson moving forward.