Grieving family calls for muzzles for all dogs after son’s death

2018-10-12 15:13
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A grieving couple whose baby son was viciously mauled to death by a dog are calling for all dogs in Europe to be forced to wear muzzles.

One-year-old Waris Chhabra died last month in a hospital in the Austrian capital of Vienna 17 days after he was attacked by a Rottweiler.

On the day of the attack Waris’ grandparents took him for a walk and encountered a 48-year-old man walking his dog, Joey.

Reportedly Joey managed to break away from his owner when he spotted the child. The Rottweiler ran towards Waris and bit the boy’s head.

The Austrian man, whose name is being withheld for legal reasons, has since been charged with involuntary homicide. According to the police he was intoxicated – with a high blood alcohol level – while walking his dog.

Waris’ father, Raman Chhabra, has warned other parents to be vigilant on the streets when dogs approach.

“I’ve lost something I’ll never get back. The pain and suffering my family are going through is unbearable.

“An innocent soul had to go just because someone was too drunk to tame his own dog, which was walking without a muzzle. He even tried to run away!”

Raman and his wife, Vinka, have since called for politicians to act for the safety of all children.

Raman said he has nothing against dogs and that animals “also have the right to a beautiful life”, but explained that pet owners “can’t know how or what an animal thinks”.

“We want to spread the message to all European governments that a muzzle is a must for all dogs. There should be some strict rules for dogs on the streets for the safety of all people and children,” added Vinka.

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