Man arrested and five bulldogs destroyed after woman savaged to death in house

A man has been arrested and five bulldogs destroyed after a woman was savaged to death in 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.

The woman has not yet been formally identified but her next of kin have been informed, said Merseyside Police.

Five American bulldogs were found inside the home and have since been humanely destroyed, added the force.

A 31-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of owning a dog dangerously out of control and remains in custody.

The force said in a statement: “We are continuing to investigate following reports of a fatal dog attack at a house in Liverpool yesterday, Monday 3rd October.

“We were contacted at 4.25pm by the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) reporting that a 65-year-old woman had been attacked inside a house on St Brigid’s Crescent in Kirkdale.

“The woman was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. She has not yet been formally identified but her next of kin have been informed.

“A post-mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

“Five American bulldogs, which were inside the property, were handed over and have since been humanely destroyed.

“A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of owning a dog dangerously out of control and is currently in custody.”

An investigation into the attack is ongoing, added police.

Detective Inspector Katie Coote said: “This is clearly a very distressing incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the lady who died.

“Our enquiries remain ongoing as we seek to establish what has happened and I would urge anyone who could assist our enquiries to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is urged to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 22000731247.