Berlin, DE - It was reported Saturday that four Staffordshire bull terriers mauled a 3-year old girl to death and badly injured the girl's great-grandmother, who tried to rescue her. Authorities said that prosecutors opened an investigation for negligent homicide against the dogs' owner, the girl's aunt. The great-grandmother and the child were visiting the aunt in her home in Oldisleben-Sachsenburg in Thuringia when the incident occurred.
"The girl's great-grandmother, who desperately tried to save the child by stepping between her and the dogs, was also badly injured in the attack, the Associated Press reports.
Police say the girl and her 70-year-old great grandmother were visiting the child's aunt on Friday evening in the central state of Thuringia and were inside the house when the attack occurred.
The Staffordshire bull terriers, who each weighed 30kg to 40 kgs, rushed inside the home without warning and pounced on the girl.
Veterinarian Gunter Wolf said the dogs had bitten the girl's head "very aggressively" until moments before her death.
The girl's great grandmother was unable to pull off the dogs and it was not until her aunt rushed into the house that they were brought under control.
The girl died before she could be taken to hospital. She was due to celebrate her fourth birthday next week.
Police said the dogs were not registered as is required by law in Germany for dangerous animals.
Prosecutors are investigating whether the aunt could be charged with negligent homicide over the fatal attack.
The dogs have since been destroyed by authorities."
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