Deadly mixed-breed dog sentenced to death for killing its owners

A deadly Staffordshire Terrier mixed-breed dog was sentenced to death after autopsy results on Friday made it clear that it indeed killed its owners in Hanover, Germany.

The incident, which shocked Germany and prompted a debate about the rules of dog ownership, saw a 52-year-old woman and her 27-year-old son die as the result of the attack in their apartment.

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Fire rescue workers captured the dog when it broke into the flat after being alerted by the woman’s daughter late Tuesday.

The daughter contacted authorities after she couldn’t reach either family member and spotted the lifeless body of her brother through the window of the flat.

Neighbours said that the man was seriously ill and had been so since childhood. His mother was apparently a wheelchair user.

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The dog, named Chico, is in an animal shelter in the nearby town of Langenhagen and will be euthanized.