A five-year-old boy who was in the care of Alberta Children’s Services died after being attacked by dogs on a First Nation north of Slave Lake.
The attack happened the evening of Sunday, March 5, at a home on the Whitefish Lake First Nation #459, which is about 375 kilometres north of Edmonton.
RCMP from High Prairie and Alberta Health Services EMS both responded to a 911 call just after 5:30 p.m.
When emergency crews arrived at the community, they found the boy dead in the yard of a home. Officials said his injuries were consistent with a dog attack.
It’s believed three dogs were involved. On Friday, RCMP said two of the dogs belonged to the owner of the home, and it’s unclear of the third was a stray.
“One was a mixed-breed, and the other two were Rottweiler-mixes,” said RCMP Cpl. Troy Savinkoff.
Residents had already identified and destroyed two dogs believed to be involved in the attack, RCMP said, adding the officers who responded found and killed the third.
Savinkoff said all three carcasses were sent off for forensic and medical testing, which will include determining if the dogs had rabies.
The young boy’s body was also brought down to medical examiner’s office in Edmonton. No information on an autopsy was available, as of publishing.
Family members from the father’s side said Friday they were notified several days after the child’s death and feel like they are in the dark.
“This is a human life, our family, our baby,” said a family member who Global News is not identifying.
About 900 people live on-reserve, according the Whitefish Lake First Nation #459. Chief Albert Thunder, adding the nation has about 3,000 members in total.