Rowley Regis dog attack: Dementia-stricken gran mauled to death by 2 escaped pitbull-type dogs who leapt into her garden

A DEMENTIA-stricken gran was mauled to death by two escaped pitbull-type dogs yesterday after they leapt into her garden.

The woman – in her 80s – was savaged in Rowley Regis, West Midlands, by two of her neighbour's dogs.

Locals said the woman suffered with dementia, with a source adding the attack was "absolutely horrific".

They told The Sun: "The poor woman was dragged around the garden. Her injuries were on her neck. 

"They mauled her neck. It's just horrendous. The dogs managed to escape through into her garden."

In a statement, West Midlands Police said: "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."


An elderly neighbour who lives opposite the house said: “I know she’s an old lady like myself and I know she’s called Lucille and old. 

“I never heard what happened but it’s so horrible I feel so terrible about it all.”

A neighbour who didn’t want to be named added: “We just came at around 4pm and there were just so many police cars and everything blocking the road. 

“We never heard anything that happened and I’m not sure who actually lives there. 

“But I do know the neighbour had two dogs which lived at the address. It’s just terrible what’s happened.”

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.

Another neighbour who lives nearby said: “We had no idea what had happened but as I was walking past I just heard ‘Where’s the dog?’ 

“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."

Another neighbour said: “I think from what I’ve heard there was a broken fence and they’ve escaped through to there and mauled her to death. 

“It’s just horrible what’s happened I didn’t know her personally but it’s terrible.”


A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and death is caused.

He remains in custody while being quizzed by detectives.

The two dogs have been seized and will be examined to find out what breed they are.

Armed police were at the scene, and a dog was seen being carried from a house.

Cops said: "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."

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