British teen Jade Lomas-Anderson mauled to death by five dogs while eating a meat pie in friend's home, authorities and friends say
The much-loved schoolgirl was staying in dog lover's home for Easter holidays when attack occured. 'They’re really mean dogs — they’re never let out of the garden and nobody goes in there,' a friend says.
A 14-year-old British schoolgirl was mauled to death by five dogs afer she walked into a room eating a meat pie, authorities and friends believe.
Jade Lomas-Anderson was alone in her friend's house in the town of Atherton in Greater Manchester on Tuesday afternoon when she was apparently attacked by two bull mastiffs, two Staffordshire bull terriers and one other unidentied dog.
The aggressive mastiffs and terriers were later shot dead by police in the backyard, but the fifth dog was captured alive inside the house. Police will not be able to confirm the breeds until the remains of the dogs are examined.
The girl was reportedly staying at her friend's house for the Easter holidays.
“Jade went to the shops to buy a meat pie and took it back to the house," a friend told the Sun newspaper. "We heard the dogs went for her as she tried to eat the pie. She tried to fend one off but apparently it went berserk and went for her throat. She was then overwhelmed by the animals inside the house."
"While our inquiries to find out what happened are ongoing, this girl's injuries are consistent with her having been attacked by dogs," Greater Manchester Police Superintendent Mark Kenny said in a statement.
The dogs belonged to dog lover Beverley Concannon, the mother of Jade's friend. "Can't believe that my mum's dogs have killed a 15-year-old," her son posted on Facebook, according to the Telegraph.
“The dogs were really scary," a friend of Jade told the Sun. "But Jade knew these animals so I don’t know why they all went for her. Presumably they must have smelled blood after the first dog attacked. It’s such a tragedy. She was a lovely girl.”
According to the Sun, Concannon worked as a breeder and featured many different dogs on her Facebook page. She described her favorite mastiff as being so aggressive that it had to be castrated. And, she said on the Facebook page, the mastiff didn't like children.
"Those dogs were always growling and barking in that tiny house," a neighbor told the Sun. "All the local kids were scared stiff of them."
“They’re really mean dogs — they’re never let out of the garden and nobody goes in there," 15-year-old Oliver Carrick said.
Friends of Jade set up a tribute page on Facebook, which has more than 12,000 likes as of Wednesday morning.
“Jade was really lovely," friend Natasha Hunt told the Sun. "There wasn’t a bad bone in her body."