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Family Rottweilers maul grandma and two-year-old grandson

Pair hospitalized as canine culprits taken into custody

17 March, 14:38
Family Rottweilers maul grandma and two-year-old grandson (ANSA) - Bari, March 17 - A 58-year-old woman and her two-year-old grandson were hospitalized after being attacked by the family's three Rottweiler dogs in their home in the southern city of Bari, police said Monday.

The dogs tore into the woman's arms and head as she tried to shield her grandson with her body in Sunday's incident.

Plastic surgeons are trying to reconstruct one of her arms.

The dogs also bit the little boy's face, leaving injuries that will likely take about three weeks to heal, hospital sources said.

The canine culprits were transferred to the local pound, according to police. Originating in Germany, Rottweilers are one of the oldest herding breeds, and are now used as search and rescue dogs, guide dogs for the blind, and as guard dogs or police dogs.

Female adults can reach 30-50 kg and adult males 50-60 kg.

While statistically they display average aggressiveness when compared to other breeds, their strength and size make them dangerous.

According to a US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study into fatal dog attacks on humans between 1979 and 1998, Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs caused more than half of all deaths. Rottweilers were responsible for half of all such deaths between 1993-1996, according to the CDC.