Two powerful dogs which mauled to death a mother and her daughter have been put down – along with another four dogs thought to have ad nothing to do with the attack.
The 57-year-old mother, named only as Luisa, and her daughter Eva, 41, were found dead at their home in the town of Colmenar de Oreja near the central Spanish capital city of Madrid.
Police said six dogs were at the property at the time. The two thought responsible were crosses between Bordeaux mastiffs and Staffordshire bull terriers. The other four were Staffordshire bull terriers.
The Integral Centre for Animal Welfare of the Community of Madrid has confirmed that all six have been killed, even though four of them were not thought to have been involved.
Vets gave them lethal injections after deciding all six were aggressive, difficult to handle and lacked documents confirming they had been vaccinated against rabies.
Regional officials ordered they put down after concluding that they would have posed an unacceptable risk to other dogs at the centre, as well as staff working there.
The dogs had been in quarantine at the centre since the attack on the women in the residential area of Balcon del Tajo.
The victims were found with multiple bite wounds all over their bodies which even shocked attending paramedics.
Family friend Raquel told local media: “The dogs were raised by them and we have no idea why they attacked them like this.”
The Spanish Civil Guard is still investigating the dog attack. The owner of the house, who is the husband of one of the victims, could face charges.
The Bordeaux mastiff, also called Dogue de Bordeaux, is not considered to be a dangerous breed, but some Spanish boroughs include them in their blacklist.
They are very powerful dogs which have been used historically for roles including pulling carts, guarding flocks and guarding aristocrats’ castles.
Staffordshire bull terriers are stocky, very muscular dog, of a similar appearance to the larger American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier.