The twins, Anne and Analu, were only 26 days old.
Trigger Warning: The story has details of an animal attack that readers may find disturbing
A pair of newborn twins in Brazil died after being mauled by the family dog last month. Family members say the dog was docile and must have got jealous of the affection and care the babies received, reports 7 News.
Anne and Analu had been prematurely born around a month ago. They died before their expected due date on June 23. The incident becomes especially heartbreaking as the mother, Elaine, and father Regis, were over the moon with the twins' birth as they had been trying to conceive for around nine years.
Elaine discovered the animal attack when she heard sounds coming out of her bedroom where the twins had been left with the labrador. She had reportedly left them there to speak to her neighbor. When she went to the room to find out what happened, she was horrified to discover the family dog mauling them. Elanie managed to rip the dog away from the twins but the dog had already inflicted some major injuries on their abdomen.
The disturbing incident took place in the city of Piripa, Brazil, just 26 days after twins Anne and Analu were bornhttps://t.co/4GnuexF6tf— Irish Daily Mirror (@IrishMirror) July 2, 2020
She then called a family friend who is a nurse. First aid was administered to the twins by her friend and they were then rushed to the Maria Pedreira Barbosa Municipal Hospital in Bahia, a state in northeastern Brazil.where the family is from, according to a Daily Mail report. One of the two girls was declared brought dead while another was in a serious condition fighting for her life. Despite all efforts by the hospital staff and doctors, they were not able to save the second girl.
The council of Piripa, a village with around 1,000 inhabitants offered their condolences to the mother and shared a statement on social media that read, "In the face of this immeasurable loss, we express our condolences and sympathy with parents Elaine and Regis, and their friends and family in this moment of sadness and pain."
Never let a dog , however good you trust them, near babies, we can all have a bad day— Sandra Edmondson (@EdmondsonSandra) July 1, 2020
It added, "Faced with this immeasurable loss, we express our condolences and sympathy with parents Elaine and Regis, and their friends and family in this moment of sadness and pain. May God comfort your hearts and give you the strength to transform all the pain of this irreparable loss into faith and hope.”
While the 7News report says the mother is not being investigated for negligence by local authorities, the Daily Mail report suggests that at least testimonies of the devastated family members might be taken. A local doctor who was treating Elaine during her pregnancy said the mother had always shown adequate care for her babies. A family member of Elaine highlighted that her dog was usually docile but became jealous when the babies came home.
And thats why you don't allow pets around babies, no matter how nice the animal is....If it feels that it's territory is compromised, it will defend it— Tim-Othy rakaus (@RakausTim) July 2, 2020
The family member said, “We think that with the birth of the twins, the animal was left out in a way, and it no longer had the attention and affection of its owners provided before. That could have caused some kind of jealousy and led the dog to attack the children.” It not known what happened to the dog after the attack.
A report in The Sun stated that the family had another dog besides the one who attacked the babies. The second dog was not involved in the mauling. Elaine had to be sedated after collapsing with shock after learning of her daughters' deaths at the hospital. A neighbor of Elaine, Maria de Jesus further highlighted, “This has devastated the parents. I pray that they don’t fall into a depression but it will be difficult because the children were beautiful, really loved, and desperately wanted."
In another similar incident, a dog in the US mauled a 26-day-old-year-old boy to death. The pit bull was owned by a woman named Jennifer Connell, 38, of Lafayette, Indiana. In this case, however, the mother was charged neglect according to a report in 9 News