Chief blames him­self for boy’s death

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

SASKATOON (CP) — The chief of a north­ern Saskatchewan re­serve where the body of a 10-year-old boy was found mauled by dogs says he feels at fault for the at­tack.

“I feel re­spon­si­ble, I don’t think I should be but I am,” said Chief Guy Lariv­iere of the Ca­noe Lake Cree Na­tion. “The lead­er­ship feels re­spon­si­ble. We should have done some­thing more, we don’t know what.”

The re­serve, about 300 kilo­me­tres north­west of Saskatoon, is griev­ing the death of Keith Iron.

Po­lice found the boy’s body in a yard on the First Na­tion at about 11:30 a.m. Satur­day. RCMP have not said how the boy died. They would only say Mon­day that there were three dogs dis­turb­ing the body and the cause of death is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the coroner’s of­fice.

Fam­ily mem­bers have said the boy was at­tacked by the dogs while he was walk­ing to his cousin’s house. It was the same walk he made ev­ery morn­ing.

Lariv­iere said the First Na­tion al­ready has a by­law that says dog own­ers should tie up an­i­mals thought to be ag­gres­sive.

“It was meant so that tragedies like this didn’t hap­pen be­cause in other com­mu­ni­ties we had heard of stuff like this go­ing on,” said Lariv­iere.

But the chief said there have been prob­lems en­forc­ing the by­law and com­plaints about loose dogs.

“We can’t af­ford to have a dog catcher for one thing. We don’t have the money to have some­body shoot them.

Lariv­iere said ther­a­pists are on the re­serve try­ing to help peo­ple, es­pe­cially Iron’s class­mates, cope with the tragedy. The dogs in­volved in the at­tack on Ca­noe Lake have been shot. The chief also said the by­laws will be scru­ti­nized and he be­lieves the com­mu­nity will pull to­gether to back change.

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