A man who saved his three dogs from being put down for attacking humans was himself mauled to death by them.
"Three dogs bit their 52-year-old owner to death in Ljubljana yesterday," police spokeswoman Maja Adlesic said.
Four years ago, the three bullmastiffs attacked and seriously injured a passer-by outside their owner's house. They spent years in custody pending legal hearings, but when one of them attacked a dog handler, authorities ordered them to be put down, Reuters informs.
Their owner, a Slovenian doctor, succeeded last June in his legal appeals to get the dogs back, sparking a national controversy. After his death, an opposition party said the agriculture minister should resign for failing to stop the dogs being released.
The dogs attacked the man in his garden on Tuesday, killing him before the police arrived. All three dogs were put down following the attack, The Globe and Mail reports.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.