UPDATE: Breeds of dogs that attacked and killed a young nurse in Zamora revealed

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 26 at 8;50 pm

THE breeds of the dogs that attacked and killed a young nurse last Monday afternoon on a rural road in the Zamora town of La Hiniesta have been revealed as three mastiffs and two Leonese shepherds, also called the Leonese carea or Aqueda dog.

As confirmed by the post-mortem examination that was carried out on the victim’s body, she bled to death after being viciously attacked and bitten dozens of times on the neck and extremities of her body, according to lasprovincias.es.

Spanish or Leonese mastiffs are a very characteristic breed of dog used to protect livestock in Zamora, León and other provinces of Spain where wolves live.

Their powerful and muscular frames make the dogs capable of defending flocks of sheep or cows. They are famous for being unafraid of confronting and attacking a wolf without any hesitation.

Although very territorial, a mastiff is calm by nature, especially when caring for livestock or its puppies. Attacks on people are very rare, but experts recommend avoiding travelling or hiking through areas where animals are grazing.


UPDATE: Tuesday, October 24 at 5:16 pm

THE owner of the dogs that attacked and killed a 27-year-old woman in the Alfoz de Zamora region could face possible manslaughter charges.

Speaking with the press at the Salamanca Guardia Civil post this Tuesday, October 24, Virginia Barcones, the Government delegate in Castilla y León explained what could happen to the farmer.

He was due to appear before a court at 10:30 am today, after which he could possibly be placed under investigation for the crime of manslaughter she said.

‘The dogs were loose and without the presence of the owner of the farm. There were seven dogs: three mastiffs, two careo shepherd dogs and two puppies less than a month old from a careo shepherd bitch’, she detailed.

Barcones also confirmed that four of the dogs were correctly documented and vaccinated but that there was a fifth ‘that was not’. An investigation will now check whether there was no obligation for it due to the dog’s age, she added.

‘The Civil Guard is investigating and clarifying responsibilities. The dogs are in quarantine and will be brought before the courts to determine their fate,” Barcones elaborated, as reported by larazon.es.


Monday, October 23 at 11:14 pm

A 27-year-old girl died this Monday, October 23, after being attacked by several dogs in the province of Zamora.

According to reports from emergency services, the incident occurred just before 6:30 pm on a road in the municipality of La Hiniesta that connects the towns of Roales del Pan and La Hiniesta in the Alfoz de Zamora area.

Guardia Civil officers from the SEPRONA unit promptly identified five herding dogs after the event. They are said to be already under the control of the authorities, as confirmed by La Opinión de Zamora, citing police sources.

The 112 Castilla y León emergency services initially received a call from her mother who found her daughter after the incident happened.

She contacted her husband to inform him of her discovery, who subsequently called the Guardia Civil to request assistance for a woman who was unconscious after being attacked by several dogs.

A Sacyl mobile ICU unit was immediately deployed to the location by 112 along with patrols from the Guardia Civil. On arrival, there was nothing that the medical team could do to save the life of the young woman and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Guardia Civil have identified the owner of the dogs

The owner of the dogs has been identified by the police, who will have to give a statement about what happened. Mastiffs are believed to be among the dogs that launched the fatal attack.

Forensic officers reportedly scoured the area for evidence that could help to determine the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident. A post-mortem examination will determine whether the injuries suffered were definitive in causing the woman’s death.

Psychological care specialists have reportedly been provided by the Junta de Castilla y León to assist the victim’s family.

David García Montes, the mayor of Roales del Pan, revealed that the deceased woman was a nurse, and pointed that she was: ‘very loved in the town’. He confirmed that an official period of mourning will be declared in memory of the deceased.

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Written by

Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at editorial@euroweeklynews.com


    • John McLean

      24 October 2023 • 11:51

      And hunting dogs have just been made exempt from all the new laws?

    • DBath

      25 October 2023 • 09:49

      Blame the owner, not the dogs.

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