DACHSHUNDS KILL MONTH-OLD TOT IN JEALOUS RAGE.Two tiny dachshunds killed their owner's month-old baby boy - driven berserk ber·serk
1. Destructively or frenetically violent: a berserk worker who started smashing all the windows.
2. by jealousy.
The pets, both just eight inches tall, leapt leapt
A past tense and a past participle of leap. from a table into the youngster's cot. Then they savaged him to death.
Police said: "They literally tore the baby apart.
"Most of the damage was done by one dog. But both were involved."
Little Thomas Parmentier was sleeping in the ground-floor bedroom of his home when the dogs, a female called Rita and male called Cami, struck.
As the tot was bitten bit·ten
A past participle of bite.
the past participle of bite all over his body his parents, Eric and Agnes, and their three-year-old daughter enjoyed a Mother's Day picnic in the garden.
Within minutes of discovering the horror, Eric grabbed a gun and shot both hounds dead. Ironically, he had gone into the house to feed them scraps from the picnic.
Last night the heartbroken heart·bro·ken
Suffering from or exhibiting overwhelming sorrow, grief, or disappointment.
heart Parmentiers were too distressed to speak about the tragedy last Sunday.
But Alain Caid, a neighbour in their home town of Dugny-sur-Meuse, near Verdun, north-east France, said: "The entire street is appalled.
"Agnes would take Thomas out in his pram (1) (Phase Change RAM) Pronounced "P-ram. See phase change memory.
(2) (Parameter RAM) Pronounced "P-ram." A battery-backed part of the Macintosh's memory that holds Control Panel settings and the settings for the most mornings. She always looked so happy and fulfilled."
Local mayor Guy Peridon said the anguished couple had been trying for a second child for three years.
He said: "After their daughter was born, they were desperate for another baby. Thomas finally arrived in April and they were thrilled. This is a shocking tragedy. They are a popular and friendly family."
Yesterday, experts said the dogs could not be blamed.
Dachshund dachshund (dăks`hnd, –ənd, dăsh`–), breed of small, short-legged hound developed in Germany over hundreds of years. It stands from 5 to 9 in. specialist Rosa de Rennes said: "In the animal world, it's a natural reaction to defend the secure environment you have around you.
"These dogs were just protecting their territory. They might be small in the dog world. But they are a lot stronger than a defenceless adj. 1. same as defenseless; as, a defenceless child s>.
Adj. 1. defenceless - lacking protection or support; "a defenseless child"
vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"
"When Thomas arrived, they would have felt their important role in the home was weakened.
"The baby would have been receiving all the attention and cuddles Cuddles may be:
Ms de Rennes said the dogs would probably not have gone berserk if the parents had "introduced" them to their son every day to show he was not a threat.
She said: "You have to bring them all into the same room, then cuddle the dogs to show they are still loved. They are not complex creatures. This will almost always work."
The breeder breeder
1. a person with an animal enterprise involving the multiplication of the herd, flock or group.
2. a female animal used basically for the production of saleable young. who sold the family the two pets asked not to be named. He said: "Horrific as it is, most dachshunds would probably act in the same way if they felt threatened.
"Owners are always warned to keep very young children clear of the animals."
But British expert Roger Mugford said the animals' behaviour was "extremely uncommon."
He said: "Dog owners with young children should not be unduly concerned.
"Most dogs will come to terms with a new arrival very quickly. This is a very unusual case."