Simona Cavallaro: Student, 20, BLED TO DEATH after being attacked by pack of sheepdogs
An Italian shepherd was recently arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter after his sheepdogs mauled a 20-year-old woman to death. Simona Cavallaro, an Italian student, was enjoying a picnic with her boyfriend when she came across the 12 dogs in the southern Italian town of Satriano. Though the pack was friendly with the 20-year-old at first, they later attacked her. Cavallaro's boyfriend found shelter in a nearby chapel, but she was ripped apart by the dogs and left with fatal bite marks on August 26, 2021.
The autopsy said that Cavallaro died of hemorrhagic shock due to the multiple injuries suffered and the disintegration with laceration of the lower limbs, the head, and the pelvis. As per reports, she bled to death and her body was found on the ground.
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The boyfriend, who managed to hide from the sheepdogs, called the local authorities and alerted them about the incident. Even though emergency services arrived at the scene and transported Cavallaro to a hospital, she died shortly after.
Pietro Rossomanno, a shepherd and the owner of the dogs, was arrested on Friday, April 1, for abandoning his flock. According to Corriere De La Calabria, the 45-year-old was in a nearby bar when the attack took place eight months ago. As per reports, he left his flock of sheep unattended all day and had the pack of sheepdogs guard the flock as they roamed the Montefiorino pine forest.
Rossomanno allowed his dogs to watch over his flock without supervision, failed to monitor the behaviour of the dogs, and further failed to call them back after they became aggressive towards Cavallaro in the forest. It is alleged that his conduct was negligent, showing a complete lack of care for the basic rules set up to regulate livestock.
As per Il Fatto Quotidiano, Rossomanno illegally grazed sheep by invading land owned by the municipality. Calabria 7 reports that the shepherd claimed he did not check on the flock because he had a toothache and was enjoying a drink in the village bar, unaware of what would soon happen to Cavallaro.
Rossomanno has been charged with manslaughter, introduction and abandonment of animals in the background of others, invasion of land, and illegal grazing. Criminal proceedings are currently in their early stages, and he remains under house arrest as the investigation continues. Meanwhile, Cavallaro's father, Alfio Cavallaro said on Facebook, "My Simona, your beauty will shine forever like the brightest star in heaven."