A “demon dog” who mauled a young woman to death in the UK city of Birmingham had previously attacked other pets in the area, neighbours have revealed.
Keira Ladlow, 25, was discovered by a distraught relative at the home on Shard End on Friday afternoon, The Sun reported.
A neighbour told the outlet Keira had walked the rescue dog at night to avoid running into other dog walkers as it had a history of attacking other pets.
“We’ve heard her dog had tried to attack two or three other dogs in the neighbourhood,” she said.
“Someone said it was a rescue dog and was vicious and that Keira was trying to tame it. They called it a demon dog. I never saw it but sometimes heard it barking.”
West Midlands Police confirmed a woman was found dead at the home after suffering “serious injuries” believed to have been caused by a family dog which also lived at the address.
“No-one else was in the property at the time, and the woman’s family has signed the dog over to police,” police said.
Keira was pronounced dead at the scene.
A source told the outlet that neighbours heard “extremely loud” screams for help before emergency services filled the street.
“They could also hear a dog in the house barking incredibly loud. It was constant,” they said.
“The girl was very badly injured. It was horrific. It’s heartbreaking. Her family are totally devastated.”
‘Her family are totally devastated.’
Residents on the quiet suburban street claim the dog bit Keira’s arm off as she lay in bed.
The dog, believed to be a Staffordshire cross, will be “humanely” put down.
“The death is being treated as a tragic incident, but with no suspicious circumstances,” police added.
“A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.”