Tributes to 'kind and caring' kickboxer mauled to death after rescue dog 'bit her arm off' as she was sleeping

A YOUNG woman who was mauled to death by a rescue dog that locals said "bit her arm off" has been described as "kind and caring" in touching tributes. 

The woman, named locally as Keira Ladlow, was alone in the Birmingham home when she was brutally attacked by the dog, which is believed to be owned by a family member and lived at the address. 

Today, locals in the area and people on social media have paid tribute to Keira, who was in her 20s, and died on Friday.

Locals said Keira was a  keen kick-boxer and used to be a member of the Force One club near her family home in Yardley, Birmingham. 

One local resident, who wouldn’t give her name, said: “She used to be really into it and pretty good. 


“She went to the same gym as my daughter who’s a couple of years younger than her. 

“I haven’t seen her for years now but I remember she was a lovely girl.

“She was kind, caring and a really nice girl.

“It’s awful she died the way she did.”

Maggie Moss, who is believed to be a family friend, wrote on Facebook: "RIP Keira Ladlow. Thoughts are with your family at this sad time god bless you all xxx."

Luke Beale wrote: "Keira Force one forever."

Police and paramedics rushed to the home in Kitts Green, Birmingham, at around 2pm on Friday.

Keira, aged in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene by the emergency services. 

Her body was found by a distraught relative. The rescue dog will now be humanely put down. 

Locals told yesterday of how they heard the girl scream and shout for help and the dog barking "incredibly loud". 

A source said: "The poor girl was heard by neighbours screaming and shouting for help.

"The screams were extremely loud. They could also hear a dog in the house barking incredibly loud. It was constant. 

"The girl was very badly injured. It was horrific. It's heartbreaking. Her family are totally devastated."

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "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.

"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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