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Baby boy dies after attack by family dog in Germany

By Staff Reporter

A baby boy has died after being bitten on the head by the family's dog in southern Germany.

Police in Hesse State said it is unclear why the dog attacked the seven-month-old. The pet was taken to an animal shelter, where it was described as aggressive.

The baby's 23-year-old father called emergency services immediately after the attack, police said. The boy was taken to hospital where his condition was initially stable, but he died later that evening.

Less than a week earlier, two people were killed in a separate incident in northern Germany. A 52-year-old woman and her 27-year-old son were killed by a Staffordshire terrier they owned, on April 3 in Hanover.

Hesse police said the breed of the dog in the latest attack was unclear, but it appeared to be a mix including Staffordshire terrier features.

Germany's 16 states each have different rules for keeping certain dog breeds, though many require a special permit if people want to own pit bull terriers, bull terriers or Staffordshire bull terriers.

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