Who was Kiera Ladlow? Pet dog chews off arm of woman, 25, while she was alone at home before horrific death
'Sometimes dogs are rescued with all good intentions but their past can make them tragically unpredictable', says Abeygail Barrett, Keira's relative
A young woman has been mauled to death by her family dog while she was alone at home in Birmingham.
Keira Ladlow, 25-year-old, was discovered by a distraught relative at her home on Shard End on February 5, Friday afternoon. Reports suggest that she was brutally attacked by the dog which is believed to be owned by a family member and lived at the address. Police and paramedics rushed to the terraced home in Kitts Green, Birmingham, at around 2 pm on Friday. Ladlow was pronounced dead at the scene.
The rescue dog, believed to be a bull mastiff, will now be "humanely" put down. A source told The Sun: "The poor girl was heard by neighbors screaming and shouting for help. "The screams were extremely loud. They could also hear a dog in the house barking incredibly loud. It was constant. The girl was very badly injured. It was horrific. It's heartbreaking. Her family are totally devastated."
One of the neighbors told the outlet: "When the police and ambulances came, we were told to come outside because something had happened, then heard a young woman had died. I saw the dog being taken away and, as far as I can tell, it looked fine. I'd never seen it before and I heard from a neighbor, it was only walked at certain times. She used to pull her own dog away from it because she thought it was violent. I saw on the news it was a Staffie, but to me, it looked more like a Bull Mastiff."
Abeygail Barrett, believed to be a relative, wrote on Facebook: “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 West Midlands Police spokesman said: "We were called to Sunbeam Way just after 2 pm on Friday by a relative. Sadly, a woman, aged 25, was found dead at the scene 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, believed to be a Staffordshire cross, over to police."
He added: "The death is being treated as a tragic incident, but with no suspicious circumstances. A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course."