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Gran, 85, ‘with dementia’ mauled by dogs that got through fence hole

Neighbours described the incident as ‘just horrendous’ (Picture: PA)

The pensioner mauled to death in a ‘horrific’ attack by two escaped dogs was a gran with dementia, locals have said.

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.

The house on Boundary Avenue in Rowley Regis, West Midlands, where a woman in her 80s died after being attacked by two escaped dogs. Picture date: Saturday April 3, 2021. PA Photo. A 43-year-old local man has been detained on suspicion of being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control. See PA story POLICE Regis. Photo credit should read: Josh Payne/PA Wire

The property remains sealed off (Picture: PA)
Flowers outside the house in Rowley Regis, West Midlands (Picture: PA)

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.’

**Moving Footage with relevant desk/Number plates may need pixelating** Pic by SnapperSK - (Pictured: West Midlands Police Armed officers and a vet carrying a darted tranquilliser rifle responded after a woman was killed by 2 escaped dogs. Police cordoned off on Boundary Avenue in Rowley Regis, near Dudley on Friday afternoon and removed 2 dogs that were sedated and held in orange slings. 02/04/2021) - West Midlands Police Statement: A woman has died after being attacked by escaped dogs in Rowley Regis this afternoon (2 April).We were alerted to an elderly woman being found with serious injuries in a rear garden in Boundary Avenue at around 3.20pm.??Despite the best efforts of emergency services she was sadly confirmed dead at the scene soon afterwards.It's understood two dogs - which did not belong to the woman who was aged in her 80s - had managed to get into her garden and she was attacked.She sustained dog bite injuries although a post mortem will take place in due course to establish the cause of death.A 43-year-old local man has been detained on suspicion of being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and death is caused. He remains in custody for questioning.Two dogs have been seized and will undergo examination to establish their breed.??A police scene and presence will remain in place in the area as we work to establish the full circumstances of what happened. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman at this deeply distressing time.

Armed officers at the scene yesterday (Picture: SnapperSK)
The animals were tranquilised and taken to a nearby kennels (Picture: SnapperSK)
The owner of the dogs has been bailed pending further inquiries (Picture: PA)

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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