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NEWS: Nunavik June 17, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Nunavik police will lay no charges in fatal dog attack

Dog involved in June 14 attack was seized and destroyed

SARAH ROGERS
Police say there will be no negligence charges laid against the owner of the dog that attacked and killed Sheena Uqaituk. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY UQAITUK)
Police say there will be no negligence charges laid against the owner of the dog that attacked and killed Sheena Uqaituk. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY UQAITUK)

Quebec police say there will be no charges of criminal negligence laid in the case of the dog attack that killed a Puvirnituq girl June 14.

Four-year-old Sheena Levina Jenny Uqaituk was outside her home that day when she was attacked by a dog, which some reports say belonged to a neighbour.

Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman Marie-Josée Ouellet said June 17 that it was single dog involved, and the dog was tied up at the time of the attack.

Ouellet said the animal was seized and killed following the incident.

SQ members in the community have almost wrapped up their investigation to determine what happened.

But the attack has devastated the Hudson Bay community of about 1,700, spurring calls for tighter regulations on how dogs are kept.

Other commenters on Nunatsiaqonline.ca have called for better care of animals who are left chained outside homes, and the need to educate children on how to behave around animals.

The young victim’s mother, Mary Uqaituk, posted a number of photos of her four-year-old daughter on her Facebook page, where she’s received an outpouring of support from the community.

One of the photos shows young Sheena playing with a puppy, with a caption that reads “She loved that dog so much.”

“Every little girl loved her and she was my everything,” Uqaituk wrote in a message to Nunatsiaq News. “She was a funny girl too she always made me laugh. She was precious.”

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