Mauled Girl’s Grandfather Demands Action against Stray Dogs

The grandfather of a 10-year-old girl Raquelle Tssessaze, Donald Tssessaze, who was mauled to death by stray dogs on her way home from tae kwon do class on Tuesday, said it’s past time to deal with his Manitoba community’s stray dog problem. Tssessaze alleged that his granddaughter was proud of her new yellow stripe in the class, adding that “she was a very nice girl. Quiet. She doesn’t (fool around) like the other kids.” He alleged that “every time you looked at her, she’d smile.”

According Tssessaze, the girl was walking home after 6 p.m. in Lac Brochet, i.e. a small First Nations community in northern Manitoba, when she chose a shortcut through the woods as her routine. However, “there were two other little kids with her. That’s when the dogs came. It happened really fast.” Tssessaze added that “they got her around the throat. I don’t think the little girl even had a chance, with the dogs in a pack like that.” Thereafter, Racquelle was rushed to the local nursing station, where she was pronounced dead.

Consequently, the dogs have been destroyed by the community members but Tssessaze said he wanted more. He said he hasn’t been able to get First Nation leaders on the phone since this week’s tragedy, adding that “maybe they were waiting for this to happen. I don’t know. I hope this doesn’t ever happen to anyone in our community. I still have a lot of grandchildren.”

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