Unemployed owner of baby-killer dog ordered to pay €105,000 in damages

Unemployed owner of baby-killer dog ordered to pay €105,000 in damages

The tragic mauling to death of a baby girl by an Argentine mastiff has left the animal’s unemployed owner with a criminal conviction for negligent homicide and a bill in damages for €105,000.
But the story of how 20-month-old Barbara came to be bitten to death is riddled with inconsistencies.
Why, for instance, was she in the Porto apartment of teacher Alexandra Reis in the first place?
Fifty-seven-year-old Reis was teaching Barbara’s elder sister, reports Jornal de Notícias.
Barbara had simply been left by her parents while sister Mafalda was receiving help with her homework.
The baby was playing in the front room with Reis and her elderly mother in attendance, when Reis’ “unsocialised” mastiff broke through a temporary barrier on the terrace and came in.
The animal began licking the child’s face, but then bit her ear and refused to let go.
The horror that plunged the room into a bloodbath was such that Reis fainted while her mother tried in vain to stop the attack using her Zimmer-frame as a way of separating the dog from his victim.
A judge hearing the case has concluded that Reis showed “lack of attention” and was “frivolous” in the manner with which she kept potentially dangerous dogs.
Finding the now unemployed teacher guilty of negligent homicide, Reis was ordered to pay €105,000 to Barbara’s distraught parents, a further €1,200 in fines for not having the dog properly registered and given a 10-month suspended jail sentence.
By NATASHA DONN