Who was Joanne Robinson? Mom-of-two, 43, MAULED to death by her pet XL Bully
'They were good dogs, they are not a banned breed and were not dangerous,' Joanne Robinson's mother said
A mother-of-two, Joanne Robinson, was mauled to death by her pet American Bully XL dog while her partner was left with life-changing injuries that have been pictured. She is understood to have been pinned down by the jaws of the pet, named Rocco, after coming home from a night out. Jamie Stead, 42, suffered devastating injuries to his face, hands, and chest as he tried to pull the animal away from her and is still recovering in hospital. He has reportedly undergone skin grafting for the potentially life-changing injuries.
Joanne's heartbroken mum, Dotty Robinson, told The Sun, “I am in total disbelief and shock. I just hope it was quick and that she didn’t suffer too much.” She added, “I want everyone to know how well-loved she was. She was born and bred in this village. They all know her and love her.” Joanne was earlier described as a "beautiful angel" by her friends in tributes left near her home in West Melton, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Pictures of the tragic animal owner have now been released following the fatal attack as police in Rotherham took the dogs away.
Dotty urged dog owners to be extra vigilant of their pets during the UK’s blistering heatwave. She pleaded, “Try to keep your dogs cool. Keep them inside and give them plenty of water. The heat affects them too.” Dotty told how Rocco - who was nearly two and his two-year-old mate, Bully XL Lola - were both destroyed this morning. Speaking about the family’s horrendous ordeal, the gran of nine, supported by other members, told how her daughter and partner had had the dogs since puppies. She said, “They were good dogs, they are not a banned breed and were not dangerous. They were not related but they got on well together. I don’t know why they suddenly snapped. I can only think they turned mad in the extreme heat. It must have set them off."
“Rocco’s a big dog, he’s bigger than a lion.” Her tearful granddaughter added, “He was like a small horse.” Also a mother of three, Dotty re-emphasized, “It must have been the heat. There’s a saying about mad dogs going out in the midday sun.” Reliving the horror, she told how her daughter has been to visit a friend and had walked back into the house about 10 pm. She explained, “She was downstairs and suddenly Rocco attacked her, it got her, I think it was around the throat." “Lola was going mad, she was trying to be protective and Steady, Joanne’s partner but we call him her husband, tried to save her. He was trying to get Lola out of the room, he had no choice but to get her out and during that time Rocco attacked.”
A sea of cards, flowers, and balloons adorned the home where the couple has lived for twenty years - including a poignant one from Joanne’s grown-up children Elle, 24, and Dillon, 19, saying “Mum I love and miss you.” Neighbors had told how they had heard piercing screams coming from the top of the road. Dottie continued “I’m hoping it was quick. I can’t bear to think of her suffering. I think she was grabbed around the throat but we haven’t had the results of the post-mortem yet. They are due today. There’s rumors and gossip going around that Joanne was attacked while she was in bed asleep. That is all rubbish. Rocco carried out the attack not Lola but both dogs were seized by police.” Emergency crews raced to the scene but it was sadly too late to save her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.