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Dog that killed baby will not be put down

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Dog that killed baby will not be put down
A file photo of a husky mix. Photo: DPA
15:18 CEST+02:00
A dog that killed a Cottbus family's eight-week-old baby will not be put down, a city spokesman said on Tuesday.

The Husky-Alsatian mixed breed has behaved completely normally since it killed the baby last month with several bites to the head, he said. Animal experts have reported no heightened aggressiveness towards people or other dogs.

The parents of the baby said via their lawyer that they agreed to put the dog in “responsible hands” after it was determined it did not need to be euthanised.

The attack happened during a garden party after the baby girl had been left in her pram outside while the parent went inside briefly. The dog jumped up and pushed over the pram and bit the baby in the head. She was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards from head injuries.

Her parents, aged 37 and 38, could now face charges of negligent manslaughter.

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