Child killed by pitbull terrier in Santa Cruz

Update 9 June: The dog had neither licence nor public liability insurance, and when it was adopted on 10 May, the Valle Colino refuge did not ask to see either, even though these are required by law for all dogs classified as “Perros Potencialmente Peligrosos” (potentially dangerous dogs).

Such dogs are not just those which look strong and large, or are aggressive, but any which weigh over 25 kilos. In addition, certain breeds and crosses are specifically named by law, and these are the Pitbull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Tosa Inu, and the Akita Inu. All these dogs must be muzzled outside and on a non-extensible lead of 2 metres, and their owners must have a licence and public liability insurance of €120,000.

Since yesterday, the animal protection society which runs the Valle Colino refuge called for anyone wanting to adopt a dog classified as potentially dangerous or to recover such a lost animal to be in possession of a municipal licence and public liability insurance, which are obligatory for these animals. The child’s father merely signed an adoption contract and took the two-year-old chipped pitbull away. Although police are still to confirm this, it seems he neither obtained a licence subsequently nor took out the compulsory insurance. C7

Original post 7 June: Tragic news. A three-year-old boy was killed this afternoon in the La Gallega area of Santa Cruz by a pitbull terrier. The animal, which belonged to the child’s father, attacked the little boy in his mother’s arms. The child was rushed to Candelaria hospital, but died shortly after being admitted from the bites he had suffered to his neck. The dog was later handed over to the Valle Colino dog refuge.

It was from this refuge that the dog was adopted a couple of months or so ago. The president of the Federación Canaria de Protectora de Animales y Plantas, Adriana Naranjo, said that they always tried to disuade people from adopting potentially dangerous and aggressive animals, but that with 8,000 animals taken in by the refuge shared by four municipalities, it was not surprising that something like this should occur at some point.

The courts will now decide what will happen to the animal. C24H, RTVC

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