Pensioner mauled to death by pack of dogs on his own land in southern Spain

The Guardia Civil have launched an investigation

LAST UPDATED: 22 Feb, 2017 @ 10:23
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sb10068574i-003A PENSIONER has been mauled to death by a pack of vicious dogs in southern Spain.
The 66-year-old man was walking on his own land when he was attacked by five dangerous-breed dogs that had escaped from a nearby property.
The man’s lifeless body was discovered by his son near his orchard in Beniarbeig, in the Marina Alta area on the Costa Blanca on Saturday afternoon.

The Guardia Civil have launched an investigation after he was found with his face and limbs ripped to shreds, injuries that are consistent with fighting off a pack of dogs.

Officers said the wounds suggest he put up a fierce struggle before bleeding to death.

Investigators visited nearby houses where they found that one neighbour had five dogs – all pitbull and bullterrier mixed breeds – which are classified as ‘potentially dangerous breeds’ under Spanish law.

Despite not seeing blood stains on the dogs, officers noticed that one of the animals had a wet coat, as if it had just been washed down, although the owner claimed it had fallen into the swimming pool.

Police said only one of the dogs had a chip and that the owner did not have the correct permits for the dangerous breeds.

Under Spanish law, owners of ‘perros potencialmente peligrosas’ (PPP) – which include pit bull terriers, rottweilers,  Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, dogo argentinos, fila brasileiros, Tosa Inus, and Akita Inus – must have a licence and keep their dogs muzzled and on a tight leash when outdoors.

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  1. A young couple had two pit bulls in our village. We had to carefully exit as the husbanded was convinced it was ‘fine’ to let them loose to run through our finca to the stream and chase deer. I had enough and went to the wealthiest ganadero in the village and explained how dangerous these dogs might be to strangers. I knew that his two grand daughters – his pride and joy – lived just down the lane. The tenants and dogs were gone within a week.
    While walking through the town we encountered two young ruffians in front of a pentecostal church where traveler familes congregated. The two teens would take their dog off the leash – likely a guard dog – when someone went by, then laugh when the dog growled and crouched, grabbing the dog just before it could have attacked. I went immediately to the police. The dog was confiscated.

  2. Horrible!
    A young couple had two pit bulls in our village. We had to carefully exit as the husband was convinced it was ‘fine’ to let them loose to run through our finca to the stream and chase deer. I had enough and went to the wealthiest ganadero in the village and explained how dangerous these dogs might be to strangers. I knew that his two grand daughters – his pride and joy – lived just down the lane. The tenants and dogs were gone within a week.
    While walking through the town we encountered two young ruffians in front of a pentecostal church where traveler familes congregated. The two teens would take their dog off the leash – likely a guard dog – when someone went by, then laugh when the dog growled and crouched, grabbing the dog just before it could have attacked. I went immediately to the police. The dog was confiscated.

  3. I wonder why you have used a photo of a German Shepard Dog instead of a pitbull and bullterrier as the story says? Is there anyone there responsible for continuity and content checking, Idiotic and irresponsible BASIC mistakes like this put you on the same level as the Sun or even worse, The Daily Star!

  4. Sorry Stuart but Andrew has a point. I read this in a Spanish Newspaper and the article had a photo of a group of Pitbulls which to date have all been put down. No help to the innocent man and his death but if you are going to post a headline then do it properly and not mislead with incorrect photos.

  5. Sadly all the years dogs kills people , specially small Kids and people and old people.

    The aproach of Chas is exemplar and ilustrates that the problem is the irresponsability of the owners.

    In my opnion the only way for to finish with these disgraces is that the dogs must be property of the State and the state would rent them to the people that can treat the dogs correctly. So dogs attacks , mistreating of dogs , ……… will reduce

  6. Anselmo,
    marijuana can make people say some weird things, you get 10 out of 10 for that one. Like most crime, punishment has to be so awful that no one in their right mind will engage in it.

    It is a crime to negate responsibility erither deliberately or through stupidity for the actions of dogs that is your responsibility. All over Europe, idiots from the town let their dogs loose and kill livestock. The problem is that if the punishment is so horrific no one let’s their dogs attack livestock or people or any other type of crime then guess what, those grossly overpaid parasites called lawyers have to look for another way to scam a living, hence fsar too much leniency in puishment.

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