Woman Mauled To Death By Dogs Inside Home, Man Arrested: Police

A woman has been mauled to death in a dog attack at a home in North West England, according to police.

Officers were alerted to reports of a dog attack in Liverpool, Merseyside, at about 4.35 p.m. on Monday, October 3.

The North West Ambulance Service said the 63-year-old woman had been attacked inside a property on St Brigid's Crescent in Kirkdale, and that she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Merseyside Police has not shared the victim's identity, although the woman's next of kin have been told about her death.

Stock image of an American bulldog
Stock image of an American bulldog. The woman was mauled to death in Liverpool, England. Getty

According to the organization DogsBite.org, which monitors the number of dog-related fatalities, 39 people have been killed after being bitten by dogs across the U.S. this year.

A Merseyside Police spokesperson told Newsweek five American bulldogs that were inside the property were handed over to officers and that they have since been "humanely destroyed."

Officers added a 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of owning a dog dangerously out of control, and he is currently in custody.

A post-mortem will be carried out to determine the exact cause of death and an investigation into the death remains ongoing.

Merseyside Police Detective Inspector Katie Coote said: "This is clearly a very distressing incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the lady who died.

"Our enquiries remain ongoing as we seek to establish what has happened and I would urge anyone who could assist our enquiries to get in touch."

Anyone with information about the death is asked to send a direct message to @MerPolCC or @Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 22000731247.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned any dog can bite, but said there are things you can do if approached by an unfamiliar one, which include:

  • Stay still and be calm.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with the dog.
  • Do not panic, make loud noises, or run.
  • Say "no" or "go home" in a firm, deep voice and stand with the side of your body facing the dog.
  • Slowly raise your hands to your neck with your elbows in and wait for the dog to pass or slowly back away.

In August this year, a man was mauled to death in Texas while he was out riding his bike home from work.

The victim, in his 30s, was found unresponsive with multiple dog bites and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

That same month, USPS worker Pamela Jane Rock, 61, was killed by a pack of dogs when her mail truck broke down.

Rock went into cardiac arrest while she was being transported to a local hospital but died when she was being flown to a trauma center.

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