Responding police used shields, shot dogs involved in attack
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 01:30
March 27 - Greater Manchester police say it was ''very difficult'' to be at the scene of 14-year-old Jade Anderson's attack by a pack of wild dogs . Deborah Gembara reports.
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Flowers and Stuffed animals --- a tribute to the 14-year-old British girl believed to have been killed by a pack of wild dogs.
Greater Manchester police found Jade Anderson's body nearby. She'd come to visit a friend when the dogs pounced.
Police Spokesman Mark Kenny.
SOUNDBITE: GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE SPOKESMAN, SUPERINTENDENT MARK KENNY, SAYING:
"The officers obviously were confronted by four dogs that were obviously dangerous. The officers used shields to make sure those dogs didn't escape and go into the community; also to make sure the dogs were contained so we could medical assistance to Jade but unfortunately obviously it was too late at that stage, but they did absolutely what they could and paramedics and so on could get into the address as well and to obviously examine Jade. But it was a very difficult."
A marksman shot four of the dogs, two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers while a fifth dog was contained.
Member of Parliament Anne McIntosh says they've seen an increase in fatal dog attacks over the past few years.
"Some people are training their dogs to act in a very aggressive manner, and almost using their dogs as a weapon. We don't have the facts in this particular case, but that is totally unacceptable, and we want the full force of the law to fall on those who are acting. Irresponsible dog owners should feel the full effect of the law."
Police say they are still investigating the circumstances that led to Jade's death.
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