‘Dementia sufferer’, 85, killed after ‘dogs drag her around garden by her neck’

An 85-year-old woman who is believed to have had dementia, was savaged by dogs who broke into her garden through the back of the shed, neighbours have said.

The elderly woman died at the scene after the dogs, believed to be bull terriers, crashed onto her property in Rowley Regis.

She was dragged around the garden by her neck before the dogs escaped, neighbours said, adding that the woman had dementia.

One person, speaking to The Sun, said: “Her neighbour said they had just had a new fence put in as well and the dogs managed to destroy a panel at the back of the shed and got into her garden and they never left.

“Apparently they went for her throat like a dog would with a toy.”

West Midlands Police rushed to the scene after the woman was found in the garden suffering from serious injuries on Friday afternoon.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Video footage on social media appeared to show an air ambulance taking off from a nearby playing field.

Several bouquets were placed on the victim’s drive with one displaying the message “RIP Nan”.

Neighbours said the dogs which attacked the woman, who had lived in the street for many years, were bull terrier types, although West Midlands Police have not confirmed this.

One householder said: “Dogs with broad shoulders – I’ve seen them being walked on a lead. I’m not aware there have been problems with them in the past.”

There were also claims a neighbour had attempted to save the woman, who lived on her own.

It is understood the victim’s daughter’s home is only yards from the scene.

A clearly shaken neighbour told Birmingham Mail: “It is shocking, scary – it’s a quiet, friendly avenue. Today people were out having barbecues.

“Even now, police are letting crowds gather in the street, which is surprising. There were nine police cars and forensics.”

The property remained sealed off on Saturday morning following the Good Friday incident and a large police van was parked outside the house.

Police said the dogs – who have been seized to establish their breed – did not belong to the woman, but managed to get into her garden before attacking her.

A 43-year-old local man has been detained on suspicion of being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

He has been released on bail.

The two dogs have been seized and will be examined to find out what breed they are.

The victim sustained dog bite injuries, although a post mortem to establish the cause of death is yet to take place.

In a statement, West Midlands Police said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman at this deeply distressing time.”