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Terrier Kills Sleeping Baby Girl

A fighting dog killed a sleeping infant in the city of Zheleznodorozhny, outside Moscow, late Wednesday evening.

The Staffordshire terrier attacked the 11-month-old girl while she slept, Regnum.ru news agency reported, citing the police. The girl's mother, 21, was asleep in the next room when the attack occurred, and was unable to save her child.

The girl's parents killed the animal before police arrived on the scene.

An investigation of the incident is under way, but prosecutors currently see no reason to open a criminal investigation, said Yelena Rossokhina, a spokeswoman for the Moscow regional prosecutor's office.

The child was the second victim of a dog attack this week. In the village of Vyalki, in the Moscow region, a Caucasian sheepdog bit its owner in the crotch early Monday morning. At the time, the man was walking the dog, Interfax reported.

A neighbor attempted to help the man and received a bite on the arm.

The dog's owner bled to death on the spot. When police arrived, they shot the dog.

On Thursday, a 22-year-old Moscow man, Nikita Golovkin, was convicted of cruelty to animals and sentenced to one year of corrective labor, Interfax reported.

Twenty percent of Golovkin's wages during the year will be garnished and paid to the state.

In February, Golovkin set his American Staffordshire terrier upon a group of stray puppies. When a building supervisor asked Golovkin to call off his dog, he reacted by grabbing two of the puppies, slamming one to the pavement and throwing another against a metal window frame.

Four puppies died in the incident.

In another case of extreme cruelty to animals in Moscow this week, an unidentified man shot three homeless dogs with an air pistol on Wednesday, Interfax reported.

The dogs went into convulsions that lasted several hours before dying. Police refused to respond to the scene, the news agency reported.

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