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Manitoba Family Of Boy Mauled By Dog Loses Home To Fire

06/06/2013 11:29 EDT | Updated 08/06/2013 05:12 EDT
Two girls aged 12 and 14 have been charged with arson after the house of a Manitoba family whose toddler was mauled two weeks ago by a neighbour's dog was burned down.

"I'm never going to get my kids' pictures back and I'm never going to get my wedding dress back or my wedding video back. Everything's gone and I have nothing. I have no place to go," Victoria Johnson said about the blaze that engulfed the home on Bloodvein First Nation.

The two girls also live in the community, about 280 kilometres north of Winnipeg. Their names are not being released to the public, RCMP said. Their identities also can't be given under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Johnson and her husband, Jason, are in Winnipeg with their two-year-old son while he is being treated for serious injuries suffered in the dog attack.

Johnson learned about the fire when she returned to the hotel where the couple is staying.

"When I walked in the door, Jason was crying and then he told me my house was burnt. I have no place to take my kids," she said.

While police investigate the cause of the fire, Johnson said the couple is trying to focus on their son's recovery.

The toddler was playing with friends in a neighbour’s yard on the First Nation when he was attacked by a Rottweiler.

Jason told CBC News last week that he was just heading outside to join the boys when he heard a scream.

The boy had bite marks on his face and a large chunk taken from his scalp.

RCMP officers put the dog down shortly after the attack.

Johnson had worried about retribution for the dog being put down.

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