Neighbours have described the chilling moment they heard a woman’s “screams” as she was mauled to death by dogs inside a house.
Police and paramedics rushed to the property in Kirkdale, Liverpool at around 4.25pm yesterday but the 65-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
More than a dozen police cars, three ambulance vehicles and a fire engine took over the street as forensic officers swept through the house behind a large police cordon.
Eyewitnesses told The Liverpool Echo “at least two dogs” were involved in the attack while another described hearing a “woman’s screams” from the direction of the home after 4pm.
She said: “My husband came home at about 4pm and I heard a woman’s screams at some point after that. When I heard what happened I was shocked.
“The family must be devastated, you can’t put it into words really.”
A man, who asked not to be named, said: “Obviously it’s sad isn’t it, a woman has been mauled to death by the dogs.”
Another neighbour added: “It’s just so awful, you can’t imagine how much the family are hurting right now. They’ll be devastated.”
Merseyside Police said in a statement: “At around 4.25pm, the ambulance service reported to police of a woman in her 60s being attacked by dogs inside a property on St Brigids Crescent.
“She was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene and her next of kin have been made aware.”
Detective Inspector Gavin Mulcahy said: “We understand the shock that this incident will cause in the local community and beyond.
“Our officers are at the scene carrying out further enquiries so if you have any information please let us know.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting the reference 690.
More than 200 dog owners have been prosecuted in Merseyside over dog attacks in the last five years, The ECHO reports.