Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Video: Horror dogs attack community 'heartbroken' by Jade Anderson death

The death of a schoolgirl apparently savaged by a pack of dogs may not lead to a criminal prosecution, it has emerged.

The teenager was discovered with wounds consistent with a dog attack at a property in Greater Manchester on Tuesday.

Jade was visiting the house, the home of a friend, and was alone when she was attacked by four dogs - believed to be two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers - which were later shot by police marksmen.

A fifth dog, which was not considered a danger to the public, was "contained" at the scene in Chaucer Grove, Atherton, near Wigan, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

Speaking outside the house, Superintendent Mark Kenny said he had devoted a number of officers to finding out what happened.

"The investigation will take a considerable period of time," he said.

"We are not going to jump to any conclusions, we want to work out exactly what has happened before we make any decisions. Nobody has been arrested.

"There is an investigation which will establish whether there are criminal offences so we are speaking to everybody who was involved to establish what has happened."

Mr Kenny said the dogs' owner, who was out of the house when the attack took place, had been interviewed and was co-operating with police.

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