The 85-year-old woman suffered multiple injuries after being savaged by the animals when they got in her garden through a hole in the fence on Friday afternoon.
Neighbours in Rowley Regis, West Midlands, told The Sun she suffered with dementia and described the attack as ‘just horrendous’. One said: ‘Apparently they went for her throat like a dog would with a toy.’
Another added: ‘I’m not sure where the dogs came from but I know an elderly lady lived at the address. It’s just horrific what’s happened and we’re so shocked if she’s an elderly lady in her 80s she would have stood no chance.’
On Saturday morning, floral tributes were left on the victim’s drive, with one displaying the message ‘RIP Nan’.
The property remains sealed off and a large police van was parked outside the house.
Speaking at a press conference outside West Bromwich Police Station on Saturday, Superintendent Phil Asquith said: ‘Neighbours called to report that a woman, 85 years of age, was under attack from dogs from a neighbouring property.
‘Our officers attended, by which point the dogs had returned through a hole in the fence to the adjacent property and then, unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medical professionals, that lady died at the scene.
‘An operation was then under way to secure the dogs. They were tranquilised and transported subsequently to secure kennels where they currently remain and they are being tested to determine their breed.
‘Fortunately, these types of incidents are rare. This presented no wider threat to the public. It was a hole in adjacent premises so they weren’t running in the streets.
‘It was contained and the male who owned those dogs was arrested yesterday. He has subsequently been bailed for further inquiries whilst we undertake a forensic post-mortem to determine the cause of death and to determine the breed of the dogs involved.’
Asked what injuries the victim had suffered in the incident, Superintendent Asquith said: ‘The dogs will have unfortunately carried out a fairly sustained attack so there were multiple injuries, mainly caused as a result of the delay in getting into the garden.
‘But the specifics of the injuries I can’t go into.’
The owner of the two dogs, a 43-year-old man, who was arrested shortly after the incident, has been bailed pending further inquiries.
Shortly after police arrived at the scene, the animals were tranquilised and taken to a nearby kennels where they are being tested to determine their breed.
Superintendent Asquith said neighbours responded ‘very quickly’ to the pensioner being attacked and family members were able to access the garden quickly as they lived nearby.
He added: ‘Fortunately, the actual owner returned home and was able to get the dogs back into their area at the adjacent premises.’
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