A female Somalian immigrant brutally beat a middle aged woman in the middle of the day because she was walking her dogs and according to the immigrant, “dogs are unclean.”
She beat her so badly that 54-year-old Ingrid T. had to be hospitalized.
Ingird says she was talking with her neighbors near her garden gate. She had her two dogs with her – a three-legged Collie mix who is deaf and close to being blind, and her 10-month-old puppy named Poco. According to Ingrid, her Collie was “sitting peacefully” and ‘Poco’ was smelling around.
This is when she noticed a “pretty, veiled woman approaching slowly.”
Ingrid said. “I knew some people from these countries do not like dogs, so I went to Poco and wanted to pull him back.”
This is when the 18-year-old immigrant said, “The animals are unclean,” and then Ingrid said the girl “grabbed me, spun me around and scratched me” until they both fell on the ground.
It took the efforts of three men to manage to pull the asylum seeker away from the Austrian dog owner, who told Krone the assault left her unable to feel her legs.
Staff at Wilhelminen Hospital had to operate twice on Ingrid who — her knee smashed in the attack — required an artificial knee to be surgically implanted.
The Vienna native told Krone she believed her ordeal came about as a result of clashing cultures, revealing that she had heard the Somali’s husband say: “We don’t want dogs — they are filthy!”
With her recovery expected to take a long time, and the migrant attacker lacking any type of liability insurance, Ingrid’s lawyer said it is unclear who will pay for damages caused, and noted “This will probably be a precedent.”
As NGOs and taxpayer-funded rescue missions ferry thousands of Africans from the Libyan coast to Italy each week, Austria has repeatedly called for Europe to close the Mediterranean route, warning that the nation will impose border checks and deploy soldiers on its frontier with Italy if the influx does not slow.
Local media reported this week that moves by the nation to secure its border look to be justified after the director of the Italian Refugee Council, Christopher Hein, threatened to send tens of thousands of migrants to Austria.
Hein said, “Let us welcome every ship, our ports wide open for the refugees and then, with buses and trains at our disposal, we will send the majority of the people to [Austria’s] Brenner Pass, and to Ventimiglia where they can cross to France.”
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