French woman attacked by rottweilers

22nd November 2006, Comments 0 comments

BEAUVAIS, France, Nov 22, 2006 (AFP) - A 23-year-old woman was mauled and killed by four rottweilers Wednesday in northern France, in what authorities said was an "absolutely horrible" attack.

BEAUVAIS, France, Nov 22, 2006 (AFP) - A 23-year-old woman was mauled and killed by four rottweilers Wednesday in northern France, in what authorities said was an "absolutely horrible" attack.

The victim, who had been feeding the dogs in the yard of a house in Villers-sur-There, near Beauvais, was savaged around her head.

A neighbour called paramedics who in turn called police when they arrived at the bloody scene.

"It was absolutely horrible. She had no face left. There were bits of scalp everywhere," the local mayor, Christian Sadowski, told AFP.

Officers killed the four dogs, each of which weighed as much as a person.

"They were huge. When I say huge, I mean animals weighing between 60 and 80 kilos," a police captain, Michel Le Ray, said.

Witnesses said the woman did not live at the house where the attack took place.

Three men were said to reside at the address, which the mayor said he had visited a year ago with police following complaints by neighbours about the dogs, which were not chained up.

Le Ray said an inquiry was underway to determine what the woman was doing on the property and why she was attacked by the canines.

Around 15 people, most of them children or elderly, have been killed by dogs in France over the past decade.

In June this year, a 17-month-old girl was killed by an American Staffordshire and an eight-year-old boy was fatally bitten on his throat by a bull mastiff in separate attacks which prompted the interior ministry to announce stricter dog ownership laws for dangerous breeds.

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Subject: French news

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