March 19, 2014

Gracie Clark - a 7 year old killed by dogs in Manitoba, Canada

Gracie Clark
Gracie Clark, age 7, of St. Andrew's, Manitoba, died on March 16, 2014, at a hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Gracie and her grandparents had been visiting friends at a house near Oakbank, Manitoba.  It was a Sunday afternoon. She was outside playing when she was attacked by the homeowner's two large Alaskan Malamute dogs.   It is reported that these dogs ran free, were not fenced and were unchained. 

She was rushed to a hospital in Winnipeg where she died of her injuries.  

Gracie was a Grade 2 student at St. Andrews School. Her classmates don't fully understand the entire issue but are missing their friend.  Her teachers are devastated. 

Gracie is described by her schoolmates as sweet, nice and fun to play with. 

Adult friends describe her as full of life and one of the bright lights in the school.

Malamutes are dangerous.  They have the proven ability to maim and kill children. 
Alaskan Malamutes - all
warm and fuzzy until
they kill your child

A month ago, (February 18, 2014), Eliza-Mae Mullane, 6 days old, died at her home in Britain. Eliza-Mae was bitten to death by a male Alaskan Malamute dog owned by her parents. 

The dogs in Manitoba have been impounded.  Their fate depends upon an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  No investigation is necessary.  The dogs should be euthanized immediately. They are a future risk to the populace, particularly children.  

It is unlikely that this breed of dog would be banned from most jurisdictions because it is a fuzzy, cuddly looking mutt.  People tend to assess fuzzy, cuddly animals by way of emotion instead of by way of logic.   

At the very least, Malamutes should be kept confined in a fenced yard or kennel at all times. 
Angels of God, pray for

Malamutes should not be allowed around children of any age. No playing patty-cake with the dog, sticking the kid's hand in the dog's mouth, kissing the dog, playing fetch or any other interaction. 

These dogs were bred for pulling sleds in Alaska period, not for being a babysitter or a house pet for children as has been stated in error elsewhere on the Internet.  

Death by dog is not acceptable in a civilized country.  

Gracie is survived by many loving friends, family members and well-wishers.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and gone the next.

Pray that Gracie is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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