Grandmother says she won't forget finding boy dead after dog attack
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RICETON, Sask. — Lori Mushanski knew something was wrong the minute she pulled into her driveway after work.
Her six-year-old grandson didn’t come running to greet her like he normally did.
Mushanski thought Cameron was in the house, but when she went in, her husband asked where he was.
“I went outside looking and I saw him and I ran back in the house. I screamed that they killed my son,” she told a Regina radio show Friday.
"I’ll never get that picture out of my head."
“They” were Mushanski’s two Alaskan malemutes. She called 911 while her husband ran to the dogs’ pen.
Mushanski said the dogs were in their pen at the time of the attack. She said her grandson knew not to go near them.
“He’s never gone near them. I don’t know what possessed him to do it this time.”
Mushanski said she and her husband have cared for Cameron since he was two months old and he's grown up around dogs.
She said Cameron’s dog, a pug, had died recently and the family was supposed to go shopping for an urn Saturday.
“We’re completely devastated.”
She and her husband owned the malemutes for two years, she said. The dogs were larger than they had anticipated and keeping them had grown to be too much. They had been looking for a new home for them, she said.
The dogs were aggressive with other animals, Mushanski said, and once killed a fox that had gotten into their pen. But they had never bitten anyone since they owned them.
The Canadian Kennel Club states Alaskan malemutes are related to Siberian huskies, but are a distinct breed that are typically taller and heavier.
The Regina Humane Society said both dogs were destroyed.