Eyewitnesses told that she "heard screams" coming from the home after 4 pm.
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An elderly woman who was getting ready to pick up her grandson from school was mauled to death by a pack of American bulldogs. Ann Dunn, 65-year-old, hailed from the Vauxhall area of Liverpool. She was found dead in her house after the school alerted her family that her grandson had not been picked up. She was living there for the past 38 years. Eyewitnesses told that she "heard screams" coming from the home after 4 pm. "My husband came home at about 4 pm and I heard a woman's screams at some point after that," she said, reported Liverpool Echo. "When I heard what happened I was shocked. The family must be devastated, you can't put it into words really." Someone else anonymously added, "Obviously, it's sad isn't it, a woman has been mauled to death by the dogs."
Reportedly, Ann Dunn is the 9th person to be mauled by dogs this year. Merseyside Police confirmed in a statement that the five bulldogs were caught and euthanized. They were found inside the property on St Brigids Crescent. The police had also arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of owning one of the dogs. He was released on conditional bail.
The neighbors described her as the "loveliest person," reported New York Post. She was "really funny, such a happy girl". They said that she had recently returned from a holiday with her daughter." She was meant to be picking up her grandson from school and it was only when the school got in touch with his mum to say (he) was still there and no one had come for him that they realized something was wrong," they added.
According to a neighbor, the family had been breeding 'XL bullys' for years. She had apparently gone in to put her bags down and the dogs attacked her. She tried to close the door but fell, a neighbor said. "When I found out I was so upset. I couldn’t sleep that night, I was laid awake thinking about what state she must have been in when they found her. It’s awful and so sad. I used to see her walking to work, no matter the weather, come rain or shine she’d always walk down and never missed a day,” the neighbor added.
The Government should urgently ban the breeding of American bulldogs after the death of Ann Dunn (65) in Liverpool, says animal charity Peta.— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) October 4, 2022
Ann was attacked at home in Kirkdale by five American bulldogs who've now been put down. More @BBCNWT at 6.30 pm: https://t.co/i4LFMuHFpd pic.twitter.com/bbrfpsUcmm
Another neighbor said that she saw a lot of people together at the end of the crescent talking to each other. Later, policemen showed up with fire engines. “When I found out it was Ann who had been attacked I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it,” she said. A young woman claimed that there has been a drastic increase in the number of breeders in the area. “Even in the last three years or so there’s been a big increase in the number of Bully type dogs in the area and they are scary to be fair. You just know they shouldn’t be bred in back gardens, even on Instagram there are loads of kennels popping up,” she said. A report by National Health Services, England, released in May shows that two areas of Merseyside had the highest incidences of dog attacks among the top 5 areas.
Ann worked as a domestic assistant at the Scotland Road campus of Liverpool John Moores University. “The university community is absolutely shocked and devastated by this tragic loss and to lose Ann in this way is just heart-breaking," a spokesman said in a statement. "Ann was hard-working and dedicated and had so many friends across the organization. It’s just awful and she will be terribly missed. Our thoughts at this time are with her family and loved ones, the tribute read.
Cover Image Source: Image courtesy Merseyside Police