Police shoot Great Dane that attacked 4-year-old

Police in Unterhaching shot and killed a Great Dane this week after it attacked and injured a 4-year-old girl, authorities said on Friday.

Witnesses called Bavarian police to the scene in the Perlacher Forest where they found the small girl lying motionless on the ground and bleeding from the head. The dog owner had thrown herself over the child to protect her from a Great Dane, which could not be calmed.

Officers immediately forced the dog away from the girl and woman, then shot it dead with a service revolver before it could inflict further injury.

The injured child was rushed to a Munich hospital by ambulance with a minor bite and laceration wounds on her arms, head and torso. In trying to stop the attack, the dog owner also suffered minor injuries to her head and back.

The girl and her 11-year-old sister had parental consent to go for a walk in the forest with the dog owner, her two Great Danes and another half-breed dog on Thursday evening, police said in a statement.

Some 30 minutes into the walk, the girl bent down by a flower and the Great Dane attacked her, forcing her to the ground and biting her.

The victims were submitted to the crises-intervention team at the hospital.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.