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Baby dies after being bitten by family dog

DDP/DPA/The Local · 25 Apr 2010, 11:59

Published: 25 Apr 2010 11:59 GMT+02:00

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A police spokesman said on Sunday the attack took place on Saturday night at around 10 pm during a party in the garden of the family home in the Saspow area of Cottbus.

The baby girl had been left in her pram on the terrace while the adults briefly went inside.

The dog jumped up and pushed over the pram and bit the baby in the head, the spokesman said.

She was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards from head injuries.

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Her parents, aged 37 and 38, are said to be in shock. The dog – a Husky-Alsatian mix – has been taken to an animal shelter. It is not yet clear what will happen to the dog.

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19:26 April 25, 2010 by dcgi
Husky-Alsatian mix; I can't imagine a chavier dog.
23:32 April 25, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
THIS JUST IN! Animals are not human and sometimes bite. More on news @ 10!
01:31 April 26, 2010 by FN Cee
Put the dog down. Punish the parents. It could not have happened had a parent stayed with the pram ...
01:37 April 26, 2010 by rebel4us
dogs like this that are in homes...around kids are usually pretty good..My dog nipped my dad on the hand once, only because when my dad grabbed the dog by the collar he pinched the dog and it hurt him.. It was only a nip to let him know that he was hurt.. Perhaps it was an accident..and maybe the little child accidentally stepped on the dog..or something...Sad that this happened..truely sad.....
01:56 April 26, 2010 by Jasmine33
Truly sorry to hear of this tragic event.
02:15 April 26, 2010 by sc123
this is a horrible tragedy and @cocovelvet you are one crazy SOB
14:30 April 26, 2010 by Prufrock2010
This family has my deepest sympathy. They will suffer a lifetime of grief and pain.

cocovelvet does have a peschvogel-esque flaming style, but spells better. Just as nuts, though.
15:48 April 26, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
What pair of middle aged Parents would both go inside their house leaving an infant alone. I don't believe this concocted story.

This doesn't ring true.

No provocation, the dog is supposed to have knocked over the thing then attack the infant...I don't buy it, too unbelievable - I think there is much more to this than was reported by the parents...
16:25 April 26, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Alright, so first off, a Husky-Alsatian mix is a good-sized dog that you shouldn't let around a baby in the first place.

Secondly, Huskies are extremely rigorous dogs and can have serious jealousy issues. Chances are that was the reason.
18:20 April 26, 2010 by LancashireLad
I think Der Grenadier has got it - jealousy. The dog was protecting his patch from what he sees as competition and an invader. Does the family have other children? Has the dog had to compete for affection before? After 8 weeks I would have thought that the parents had cottoned on to that and taken more care.
02:21 April 27, 2010 by purelyme
i wonder why, after 8 weeks, the dog suddenly decides to knock over the pram and attack the baby. There must have been other incidents where the dog showed his feelings towards the infant. Did the parents not notice?

i think that if parents of new babies have pets, they should seek professional guidance or do their own research on how to properly introduce the infant to the pet, regardless of type or size of the pet.
05:45 April 27, 2010 by rebel4us
@moondancer...Thanks for clearing that part up..I guess i read it wrong.. thought it was 8 months..or for some reason saw it as 8 months..It be a bit more logical to have an 8 month old near the dog in the first place.. I will indeed have my glasses checked.. MY BAD... Still a sad sad story...
16:51 April 27, 2010 by William Thirteen
hey, someone needs to guard the car stereo!
17:01 April 27, 2010 by _sami_
Dogs are unpredictable specially if they are kept in captivity for a long time. The dog should be killed because its possible that it will repeat it.
20:45 April 27, 2010 by simba11
It is a tradegy! If I see you(cocovelvet) in ur new italian shoes, I WILL BITE YOU!

(Rex the dog).
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