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Cheshire woman dies after dog attack

Issue: 04/10/2019

A women has died after being attacked by her own dogs.
Elayne Stanley, from Widnes, Cheshire, was mauled by her two dogs in her own home. She was treated by paramedics but her injuries were too serious and she died at the scene.
According to the Liverpool Echo neighbours heard screaming and Ms Stanley’s daughter was shouting one of the dog’s names.
Cheshire police said one of the dogs, believed to be a Mastiff, was destroyed and another was taken to a secure kennel.
One local said, ‘I never saw the dogs out. I used to think that I’m glad they’re not out as they were quite big. They were mastiff type dogs.’
Another neighbour said, ‘I never used to hear the dogs barking. It’s so sad. Elayne was only little and thin. She must have been 8 stone. With two big dogs she didn’t stand a chance.’
The Cheshire Police issued a statement, ‘At around 5.15pm on Tuesday 24 September police received reports that a 44-year-old woman had been attacked by two dogs at an address on Graham Road in Widnes.
‘Officers attended the property and discovered that the woman was in a serious condition.
‘Sadly, despite the best efforts of all those involved, the woman died at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers.
‘Following the attack, repeated attempts were made by officers to safely secure the two dogs in order to remove them from the address.
‘One was safely detained, however officers were unable to secure the second dog.
‘Attempts were made to tranquilise the second dog but this was unsuccessful so, in the interests of public safety, the dog was destroyed. The other dog remains in a secure kennel.’
Ms Stanley had three daughters, Louise, 21 and twins aged 12 who were in the house when the dog became hostile.
DI Ian Whiley said: ‘We understand that people in the local community will be concerned when they hear about what has happened.
‘But I would like to reassure residents that we are doing all that we can to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
‘However, at this stage, it is believed that the dogs were known to the woman and were living at the address.
‘This has been an extremely distressing incident and our thoughts are with the woman’s family at this difficult time.’

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