Dogs maul teen girl to death

A police officer stands outside the front door of a house Atherton, England, where the body of the 14-year old girl was found.
A police officer stands outside the front door of a house Atherton, England, where the body of the 14-year old girl was found.

LONDON – The death of a 14-year-old girl who was apparently fatally savaged by a pack of dogs at a friend’s home has prompted horror in Britain.

Greater Manchester Police formally identified the girl today as Jade Anderson.

She was found dead at a house in Atherton, near Wigan in northwest England, on Tuesday afternoon after police were called about reports of an unconscious girl and “out-of-control” dogs.

Armed officers were confronted by a pack of dogs, described as “aggressive.” Four were killed, and a fifth, which was shut up elsewhere in the house, was contained.

More clues about what sparked the attack on Jade may be revealed by an autopsy Wednesday, police said.

The schoolgirl was alone at the house, which she was visiting, when she was apparently mauled, police said.

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The dogs’ remains will be examined as part of the investigation, which will also look at the breeds involved, police said.

UK newspaper reports suggest that an American bulldog, two Staffordshire bull terriers and a bull mastiff attacked the teenager. None of those breeds are banned in Britain.

Police Superintendent Mark Kenny said it was “a deeply distressing incident for everyone involved” and expressed condolences to Jade’s family. (CNN)

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