Man mauled to death by pet dog

Man mauled to death by pet dog
Published: 2016 May 23 20:48:53 (8885 Views)
A 45-year-old man was mauled to death by his pet dog as his two teenage daughters fought in vain to drag it from their him.

The dog, called Buster, bit through Stephen Hodgson's jugular, causing him to suffer a cardiac arrest, probably brought on by blood loss.

Police had to taser the out-of-control animal before having it destroyed.

Stephen, an unemployed carpenter, had been watching the TV programme Prison Break with his daughters in a bedroom when the crazed pet pounced.

The father of three, who had an existing medical condition, suddenly fell ill and slumped over the side of the bed, startling the three-year-old terrier.

Buster began barking so the girls ushered him out into the garden of their semi-detached home as they tended to their dad.

Daughter Jade, 19, said: "I was trying to look after dad and lift him back up onto the bed but as I was trying to do that Buster came back in and ran up the stairs.

"We didn't want him in the room because he was getting excited and barking but he barged open the door.

"He's a big, strong, heavy dog and we couldn't keep him out.

"He saw my dad leaning over the edge of the bed and he went for him, there was nothing we could do."

Her sister Carla, 16, said: "Buster was biting dad's throat and there was suddenly a lot of blood.

"We were doing anything we could to get him off. He didn't have a collar on to hold onto so we were just pulling him.

"I had hold of his back legs and was trying to drag him off but he was just too strong.

"We knew things were really bad for dad, he might have gone before the emergency services even arrived.

"It was horrific and we won't be able to forget it, but I'm glad we were there for dad to try to help him."



Jade added: "Recently, dad was getting letters from hospital to go for appointments.

"We didn't know what it was, but we think it might have been a liver condition."

Police and ambulance crews arrived at the scene and Buster was cornered before he was destroyed at the house by a vet.

The family's three other dogs, two Staffordshire pit bulls called Axle and Rocky and a Staffordshire called Stitch were taken to police kennels.

Father of three Mr Hodgson, from Cleator Moor, Cumbria, split earlier this year from his wife Teresa, 42.

His son Frazer, 19, said: "Dad was a great man, he was like our best mate as well as our dad.

"Nothing was too much trouble for him as far as his kids were concerned.

"He loved cooking for us and made great curries and spaghetti bolognese, we're all going to miss him more than we can say.

"He split up with our mum a couple of months ago but she is absolutely devastated."

Cumbria Police Inspector Gary Hunter said officers found the animal "in a distressed state" when they arrived at the scene at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

Efforts to subdue it using deterrent sprays failed, and officers were forced to use a Taser gun.

Buster belonged to Carla, Frazer and Teresa and had been taken in by the family after being abused by a previous owner.

Jade said: "He had never shown any aggression at all in the past, he was a gentle dog and used to like getting into bed with us, we don't know why he suddenly reacted the way he did."

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "A 45-year-old male who lived at the property was pronounced dead at the scene. The dog who attacked the male was destroyed.

"The death is being treated as non-suspicious and the coroner has been informed."



Source - Mirror

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