A group of girls was attacked by two German shepherd puppies in the Hortelanos park, in Leganés. The events took place last Saturday, late in the afternoon, when the minors – mostly 14 years old – were surprised by the dogs, who walked without any support. Unexpectedly, the animals pounced on the teenagers, giving scope to seven of them: two had to go to the Severo Ochoa Hospital, while the rest suffered minor injuries. The facts are already reported.
According to eyewitnesses, those affected were listening to music, « without disturbing anyone », at the time the puppies approached in an aggressive attitude, which caused them to be scared. One of the girls fell to the ground and the dogs bit her. For more information, the owners addressed the victims in offensive terms, doing nothing to help them. After going to the hospital, the parents of two of the minors showed up at police stations to inform the agents of the facts, and with the parts of injuries.
Precisely, the City Council of Leganés has hardened this year its Ordinance of Tenure and Protection of Pets, establishing that dogs « must be under control and subject by belt on roads, parks and urban public spaces except in authorized and duly marked areas ».
Potentially dangerous breeds
Since 2016, fourteen people have died in Spain from attacks by their dogs, the last four in the Madrid region. On November 21, 2018, two women of 57 and 41 years – mother and daughter – lost their lives in their chalet in Colmenar de Oreja after being assaulted by two bulldogs from Bordeaux, a race considered as potentially dangerous. On January 7, 2019, an octogenarian died in the hospital because of injuries sustained three days earlier, caused by three rottweiler of your property. And, on September 29, a 47-year-old man was found dead at his home in Coslada after being attacked by one of his three guard dogs, also of the rottweiler breed.
The state regulation – fixed in Royal Decree 287/2002 – contemplates eight races and their crosses as PPP: pit bull terrier, staffordshire bull terrier, american staffodshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Argentine Bulldog, Brazilian Row, Tosa Inu and Akita Inu. In the Community, this list is expandable to all dogs that present a series of certain characteristics, among others, strong musculature, marked character, thoracic perimeter between 60 and 80 centimeters, weight greater than 20 kilograms, bulky head or wide neck.
In any case, the denomination of potentially dangerous, whether explicit or not, obliges owners to keep their dogs on public roads by a leash of up to two meters and always wearing a muzzle, in addition to having the corresponding licenses.