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Four dogs kill three-year-old girl during family visit

DDP/DPA/The Local · 22 May 2010, 10:20

Published: 22 May 2010 10:20 GMT+02:00

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The three-year-old girl had been taken by her grandmother to visit in Sachsenburg, when the Staffordshire bull terriers suddenly turned on her.

Some reports suggest the dogs attacked as soon as the older woman and child entered the house, which they did while their owner was in the garden.

Although the 70-year-old grandmother tried to pull the dogs off the girl, they bit the child so badly she died at the scene.

The grandmother was also severely bitten in the face and arms, and was taken to hospital.

The dogs have already been destroyed, with the agreement of their owner.

An eight-week-old baby was killed in April by a Husky-Alsatian mixed-breed dog which pushed over the pram and bit the baby in the head during a garden party in Cottbus after the adults had gone inside.

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It was later decided that this dog not be put down after animal experts observing it said it was behaving normally towards people and other dogs.

The baby’s parents, who own the dog, have said they would have the dog put in ‘responsible hands’. They also face investigation for possible negligent manslaughter charges.

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Your comments about this article

17:25 May 22, 2010 by RevolutionUnknown
I think the Germans are taking the dogs too lightly. I mean I can understand the human-animal affair, but one has to be cautious all the time about the animal instincts.
17:48 May 22, 2010 by Avidror
A similar case happened recently in Spain. A 23-month-old child was bitten to death by his grandfather's pit bull.

18:43 May 22, 2010 by Giza The Cat
Staffordshire Terriers, also called Pit Bull Terriers in the USA have been a big problem in many communities. This story is a tragic accident.

In the USA, people actually breed these dogs for viciousness. Street thugs will use these monster dogs as weapons, much in the same way a thug will use a gun or knife in armed robberies. Other people, like US football star Michael Vick will raise these dogs for illegal fighting. The dogs will fight to the death for the "pleasure" of the scum bag humans who wager on the the fights.

When a Staffie is bred for sweet tempers and agreeable personalities, they can be wonderful dogs. The problem is you may end up with a dog from a vicious bloodline.
01:23 May 23, 2010 by Minitaff
It's not the dogs that are the problem it's the owners, this breed of dog is a very loyal companion, I've had 2 of these beautiful animals and never once had a problem with them and nor have any of the other owners of these types of dog that I know, you cannot blame these dogs for attacking someone if that is what they have been trained to do, it's like asking an infantry soldier not to be a soldier when he hasn't got his uniform on. A few weeks ago there was a similar case with a german shepard / husky, I noticed it hasn't caused as much debate due to the fact that the animal wasn't what you would call a pit bull. What has happened to these 2 children is terrible and I couldn't start to imagine what the families are going through, my heart and my prayers go out to them. There should be tighter controls on any type of domestic animals, I think people who want a type of dog should first be interviewed by people like the kennel club by the respective breed specialists as to there suitability to own a breed of dog, some people think a poodle is a wondeful and beautiful dog and perfect for a family, the French police use poodles like most other law agencies use the german shepard but you wouldn't ask respective governments to ban the dog for biting someone . A few years ago in the uk and possibly still the highest amounts of bites recorded on people by a breed was the Labrador/ retriever type dog, but I don't think anyone would want to pul the toilet paper dog on any dangerous dog list. I say ban the people and not the dog!!
18:35 May 23, 2010 by barryh
Staffordshire Bull Terriers do not grow that large - it must have been another breed. AP News needs to do better fact checking.



14:27 May 24, 2010 by NYsteve
I was one of the people defending the dog in the case last April. But this time I believe it was warranted in putting down the dogs. I do believe the dogs owner should be investigated tho...my family has a few Pit Bulls and they were raised to be loyal and loving companions...not protection or fighting animals. They are the sweetest and playful animals I have seen. If the dogs were raised to be aggressive that would lead to this "pack" mentality and thus the dogs all attacking the child. Making dogs aggressive for protection is not required...treat a dog with respect and love and if someone attacks you...believe me the dog WILL defend you...without training!
17:03 May 24, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
"Some reports suggest the dogs attacked as soon as the older woman and child entered the house, which they did while their owner was in the garden."

Uh, yeah, so, just in case anyone is confused about this, if you enter a pack's territory, and the Alpha isn't there to accept you in, the pack *will* attack you. It doesn't matter if they know you. It doesn't matter how many treats you've given them. This is their turf, and you're an intruder.
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