Woman killed and man suffers life-altering injuries Dog attack in Rotherham
A woman was killed and a man suffered life-changing injuries in a dog attack near Rotherham, police said.
The 43-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene after police were called to a property in the village of West Melton at 10.15pm on Friday evening.
The 42-year-old man was rushed to hospital with injuries to his hand, face and abdomen.
Two dogs were seized and removed from the property.
It is unclear which breed they are, although South Yorkshire Police have said none are considered a prohibited breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act. No arrests appear to have been made.
A statement from the force said: ‘We were called to a property on Masefield Road in West Melton at around 10.15pm last night by a member of the public stating that a dog had attacked himself and a woman.
“Officers attended with an ambulance team from Yorkshire and found a man, aged 42, with a life-threatening injury to one hand, as well as injuries to the other hand, abdomen and chest. face. He was taken to hospital for further treatment.
“The 43-year-old woman had been fatally bitten and despite the best efforts of emergency crews was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
“The dog, along with another dog on the property, was secured by specially trained officers. Neither dog was of a prohibited breed.
The incident is just the latest in a string of fatal attacks this year that number at least six and include a three-month-old baby mauled to death by a husky in Lincolnshire, a three-year-old boy killed by a cane corso near Rochdale and a 62-year-old man who died after being brutalized by his stepdaughter’s XL bully.
It wasn’t until March of this year that animal experts and veterinarians said The Independent that the UK was experiencing so many serious dog attacks – around 9,000 hospitalizations every year – that it was an unrecognized public health crisis.
“There may be this tendency to get rid of [dog bites] like almost a cartoon,” said Dr Carri Westgarth, senior lecturer in human-animal interaction at the University of Liverpool. “But the physical and mental effects can be absolutely catastrophic for those involved.”