Young woman mauled to death by bull mastiff rescue dog that chewed her arm off as neighbours tell of 'horrific screams'

A YOUNG woman was mauled to death by a dog that chewed her arm off as she lay in bed. 

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

Locals heard the girl scream and shout for help and the dog barking "incredibly loud". 

Her body was found by a distraught relative. 

Police and paramedics rushed to the terraced 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. 


The rescue dog, believed to be a bull mastiff, will now be "humanely" put down. 

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."

One neighbour said: "When the police and ambulances came we were told to come outside because something had happened, then heard a young woman had died.

"I saw the dog being taken away and, as far as I can tell, it looked fine.

"I'd never seen it before and I heard from a neighbour it was only walked at certain times. She used to pull her own dog away from it because she thought it was violent.

"I saw on the news it was a Staffie, but to be it looked more like a Bull Mastiff."One distraught family member told the Sun: "It was a rescue dog, that's it."

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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