A mother who struggled to conceive for nine years lost her twins after her dog mauled them to death.
The woman identified as Elaine Novais, 29 left her 26-day-old premature babies briefly at their home in Piripá, in the northeastern state of Bahia, Brazil, last Tuesday, June 23 only to return find them severely injured by her dog.
Suddenly she heard the cries of her babies only to rush back to the room to find that her dog has inflicted deep wounds on the girls Anne and Analú, possibly out of jealousy. It was too late as the damage had already been done.
The dog, a Labrador and American foxhound cross viciously attacked the twins, and all effort by their mother Mrs. Novais yielded no positive result since it had already inflicted fatal damage on their abdomens.
In trying to resuscitate the twins, a nurse who lived nearby performed first aid on them, one died instantly at home while the other died at Maria Pedreira Barbosa Municipal Hospital after going into cardiac arrest.
Devastated at the sudden turn of the event, their mother Mrs. Novais collapsed and had to be sedated at the hospital.
A family member claimed the dog “was left out in a way, and it no longer had the attention and affection of its owners provided before”, reports The Sun.
‘That could have caused some kind of jealousy and led the dog to attack the children.”
Anne and Analú died one day before their due date, having arrived a month early via cesarean section.
Police has launched an investigation into the matter.
Mrs Novais and her husband Regis, 32, had struggled for nine years to have children.
The dog, described as “docile”, is believed to have become jealous after not receiving as much attention since the birth of the babies.