June 16, 2014

Sheena Uqaituk - a 4 year old killed by dogs in Quebec, Canada

Sheena Uqaituk, age 4, died on June 14, 2014, in Puvirnituq, Quebec.

Puvirnituq is an isolated Inuit fishing town with a population of about 1,800 at the mouth of the Hudson Bay.

Sheena was found deceased and mauled in a vacant lot in the early afternoon. Reports surrounding this child's tragic death are conflicted. She was either killed by a Husky sled dog that belongs to a neighbor or by a stray dog. She may have been killed by two dogs. Two dogs have been put down in connection with this tragedy.

The entire case is being investigated by the Sureté du Quebec, which is the provincial police force.

Saint Bernadette of
Lourdes, pray for
Sheena and for those
who have lost her.

There are many stray dogs roaming about in Northern Canadian Aboriginal and Inuit communities and reservations, sometimes in packs like wolves. It is up to the local authorities - Chiefs and Councils, to institute by-laws against stray dogs in their communities. All dogs should be chained or penned. No dog should be running wild. 

This is the 21st century and not 1860 in the wilderness. Death by dog is not acceptable in a civilized country. 

Sheena's family are devastated by her sudden and tragic death. She is described as a sweet child. She will be forever mourned.

Sheena is survived by many loving family members and well-wishers who will forever miss her, including her mother, Mary.

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

We know that Sheena is playing in the fields of Heaven.

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