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Three-year-old bitten to death by Rottweiler

The Local · 12 Sep 2010, 15:06

Published: 12 Sep 2010 15:06 GMT+02:00

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Police and public prosecutors in Dessau-Roßlau said on Sunday a police officer called to the incident shot the animal dead in order to get to the child, but the boy was already dead.

He was being looked after by a 76-year-old woman – a relative according to local radio reports - who had taken in two Rottweilers. The other dog was taken to an animal home.

Saxony-Anhalt state Interior Minister Holder Hövelmann said he was shocked by the incident, saying on Sunday that the boy’s death showed again the danger of aggressive dogs. He said the exact circumstances should be examined before any conclusions were drawn.

Laws controlling the ownership of dangerous dogs must be fully applied he said, adding that the investigation into the boy’s death would be expected to examine whether this was the case.

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15:32 September 12, 2010 by pepsionice
I would be curious over the history of dog attacks in Germany. Did they ever have these in the 1960s or 1970s? Or is it a rather new thing?

In this case....it's a rather unusual dog for a retired woman to have.
15:45 September 12, 2010 by rob robertson
Never fully trust animals around people, specially little children.
17:10 September 12, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Stupid woman keeps an animal she can't control, let's him around a 3 year old, and as a consequence the child and the animal paid with their lives.

People need to understand that there are things in this world that are primitive and powerful, and those things need to be treated with respect and caution. This is no one's fault except the stupid owner. A powerful dog like a Rottweiler can't help but try to become Alpha, and everyone knows it. If you want to keep one, you need to be able to control him.
19:48 September 12, 2010 by furious_angel
just thinking abt the poor boy being "bitten to death" shivers me. very sad.
23:43 September 12, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I find it very interesting in how humans enguage in things that are non-essential and harmful at the same time.

Sometimes it seems as though animals are more intelligent.

They do as they should.
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