A rescue dog thought to have ‘bitten a woman’s arm off’ during a savage attack as she slept has been pictured, reports say.The 25-year-old, named locally as Keira Ladlow, suffered devastating injuries and died after being mauled by the dog, which she reportedly rescued after finding it in a garden. Police and paramedics rushed to an address in Kitts Green, Birmingham , at around 2pm on Friday after a relative raised the alarm. But Ms Ladlow was found fatally wounded and pronounced dead. The dog, believed to be a Staffordshire cross, was handed over to police and will be put to sleep.
Keira posted pictures of a Staffordshire cross on social media, but it has not been confirmed if it was the dog that attacked her. No one else was inside the property at the time of the attack, but neighbours told how they could hear Ms Ladlow screaming and shouting for help. One woman told MailOnline: ‘I still can’t understand how a pet can turn like that. I saw the dog being taken away and, as far as I can tell, it looked fine.’
Neighbours believe the dog attacked while she lay in bed and bit her arm off.
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Eric Kirton, 72, said he saw police and paramedics arrive in the street.
‘I thought they were searching for a person, then I heard about the dog and thought they must’ve been looking for it,’ he said.
‘My daughter phoned up and said a young lady had been bitten by a dog.
‘She’s a manageress in a cafe where lots of police go and heard there that the woman was in bed when the dog chewed her arm off.’According to The Sun, Abeygail Barrett, believed to be a relative, wrote on Facebook: ‘Her previous dog was a pit bull that died of cancer so she rescued this dog after finding it in a garden where it had been on and off for four years.
‘Sometimes dogs are rescued with all good intentions but their past can make them tragically unpredictable.’
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘Sadly, a woman, aged 25, was found dead at the scene after suffering serious injuries believed to have been caused by a family dog which also lived at the address.
‘No one else was in the property at the time, and the woman’s family has signed the dog, believed to be a Staffordshire cross, over to police. It will be humanely put to sleep.
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‘The death is being treated as a tragic incident, but with no suspicious circumstances. A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.’
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