Russian grandmother kills self after dogs maul baby to death


MEZHDURECHENSK, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) -- A grandmother committed suicide in southern Russia on Saturday after two dogs mauled a one-year-old baby to death, local media reported on Monday.

The tragedy happened on Saturday at a home in Mezhdurechensk, a city in Russia's Kemerovo Oblast, when a one-year-old baby boy was left alone at a home. He is believed to have walked or crawled to a room where two dogs, a Staffordshire terrier and a pitbull, were kept.

The Russian ITAR-TASS news agency, citing police, reported that the boy's grandmother committed suicide after she found the lifeless body. It was not immediately known if the boy was in the care of the grandmother or how long and why he was left alone.

Governor Aman Tuleyev has taken personal control of the investigation and questioned whether certain dogs should be banned. "This country has seen of late a wave of accidents in which dogs attacked people and such situations are especially appalling when small kids are victimized," the governor said.

He added: "There is a need for revising the legislation on the management of dogs of the fighting breeds. We must tighten the responsibility of dog owners whose pets attack people and even introduce criminal punishments for this."

Tuleyev noted that fighter dogs are banned in a number of countries around the world and questioned why this is not being done in Russia. "We have a ban on selling and possessing guns, and fighter dogs are in no way different from weaponry," he explained. "To keep a dog of this kind at home an owner should obtain special permission and pass serious checks."

It is unknown how many people die every year worldwide as a result of dog attacks. The website Dog Bite Law reports 34 people died of dog attacks in the United States alone last year. It said more than 1,000 Americans are treated every day as a result of dog bites.

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  • Anonymous
    Conn. child mauled to death

    A 20-month-old southern Connecticut girl was mauled to death after being attacked by as many as three pit bulls.

    I’ve had several breeds of dogs over many years and know something about varying canine temperament, including pit bulls. A pit bull can go for years without any sign of trouble, then just suddenly snap. Having pit bulls in a home, particularly with children, is a deadly dangerous time bomb and the height of ignorance.

    Anyone owning a pit bull should be required to educate theselves about the character of this breed. A lack of knowledge can be very dangerous. Pit bulls have a high prey drive instinct. Pit bulls are UNPREDICTABLE!

    When will people learn?

  • Liz

    I’m sorry but am I missing something here? This article talks about banning dangerous dogs but surely they should be talking about educating the idiots who thought it was a good idea to leave the kid and the dogs home alone!

    Yes some dogs are dangerous regardless of breed and do sometimes attack for no reason so should obviously be put down, but there’s also stupid people out there who do stuff like this or who don’t teach their kids about how to behave around dogs. How about some education for the parents instead of banning more dog breeds?

  • Puckette1

    I don’t agree with the banning. I do think it is a good ideal to have special education and licensing requirements for high training maintence breeds though, both breeding and owning. Also, more effort to consistantly breed a more even temprement back into these breeds. Pit bulls used to be refered to as the Nanny breed . They were stubborn and very protective but also had very patient and even temprements which made them very good for being around young children. Generations of breeding for fighting dogs have probably diluted this aspect of their temprement though.