A 25-year-old woman was savaged to death by her family’s rescue dog after it reportedly chewed her arm off as she lay in bed, according to horrified neighbours.
The woman, named locally as Keira Ladlow, was alone at a house in the Kitts Green area of Birmingham when she was attacked by the dog suffering horrific injuries.
Police and paramedics were called to the property at 2pm yesterday after a relative raised the alarm and Ms Ladlow was pronounced dead at the scene.
Abeygail Barrett, believed to be a relative, posted on Facebook that Ms Ladlow had found the dog ‘in a garden’, according to The Sun.
She posted: ‘Her previous dog was a pit bull that died of cancer so she rescued this dog after finding it in a garden where it had been on and off for four years.
‘Sometimes dogs are rescued with all good intentions but their past can make them tragically unpredictable.’
A source also told the publication that Ms Ladlow was ‘screaming and shouting for help’ and the bark from the dog was also ‘incredibly loud’.
West Midlands Police said no one else was in the property at the time and the Staffordshire cross dog was handed over to officers to be put down.
The dog bit her arm off while she lay in bed, according to neighbours on the quiet residential street of redbrick houses, who told of their shock.
Grandfather-of-five Eric Kirton, 72, a retired industrial cleaner, said: ‘I saw everything going on outside.
‘It’s horrific. What a shame. It’s a shame for her and the dog. I love dogs, but had never seen that one.’
A woman, who didn’t not want to be named, said: ‘It’s shocking, absolutely shocking.