- The woman is in hospital after the accident on Via Frattina in Rome
A pregnant woman has been severely injured after being struck by a rottweiler that tumbled from a third-floor balcony.
The 27-year-old is in hospital in a serious condition after the accident on Via Frattina, one of central Rome’s chicest streets, on Friday.
The dog Cody was owned by Emilia Mikela Pawlak, according to La Republica.
She told the Italian newspaper: ‘I don’t know how it happened, I was in the bathroom, Cody was always next to me.
‘I heard the screams coming from the street and my neighbour calling me and screaming the dog’s name. I also heard the thud.’
Cody’s and his owner Emilia Mikela Pawlak
A 27-year-old is in hospital after the accident on Via Frattina, one of central Rome’s chicest streets on Friday (file photo)
Some witnesses reported hearing what they thought was a gunshot as the animal hit the ground.
L’Unione Sarda said that bystanders and shop assistants rushed to assist the pregnant woman and others tried to help the dog.
The animal died on impact and his owner is said to be distraught, Italian news agency Ansa reported.
In April, an Italian woman was ‘torn apart’ her brother’s rottweiler while she tried to feed it.
Patrizia La Marca, 53, had stopped at her brother’s home in the resort town of Ventimiglia in the afternoon to look after his dog when it attacked her.
Neighbours heard her calling for help and first responders found her in a pool of blood, with horrific bites to her head, arms, chest and shoulders.
It took first responders two hours to help La Marca due to the aggressive nature of the dog, with officers eventually shooting and injuring it before taking it to a city kennel, il Giornale reported.
In another tragic death in Italy, the boss of an Italian cheesemaking company was crushed to death after 15,000 wheels of cheese buried him in his own factory in August.
Giacomo Chiapparini, 74, was found dead by firefighters after a shelf broke in his factory in the northern Lombardy region at around 9pm and caused a deadly domino effect that brought down thousands of wheels of Grana Padano.