A 25-year-old woman was mauled to death by a family pet dog as she lay in bed, according to neighbours.
Police and paramedics were called to an address in the Kitts Green area of Birmingham at 2pm yesterday after a relative raised the alarm.
The woman was found dead inside after suffering horrific injuries.
West Midlands Police said no one else was in the property at the time.
The Staffordshire cross dog was handed over to police to be “humanely” put down.
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Neighbours on the quiet residential street consisting of redbrick houses told of their shock.
Grandfather-of-five Eric Kirton, 72, a retired industrial cleaner, said: “I saw everything going on outside.
“There were ambulances and police cars.
“I thought they were searching for a person, then I heard about the dog and thought they must’ve been looking for it.
“My daughter phoned up and said a young lady had been bitten by a dog.
“She’s a manageress in a cafe where lots of police go and heard there that the woman was in bed.
“I don’t know how she died, but it might’ve been from the wounds.
“Last night I could see eight or so relatives turn up at the house.
“It’s such a surprise – I think most people around here had no idea what had happened.
“It’s horrific. What a shame. It’s a shame for her and the dog.
“I love dogs, but had never seen that one.”
A woman, who didn’t not want to be named, said: “It’s shocking, absolutely shocking.
“I’ve only recently moved here and don’t know her or the family.
“There was never any trouble there, and I never saw the dog.
“There were loads of police and an ambulance when I came back from the shops.
“Then I found out when my friend sent me the news story this morning.
“It’s terrible and must’ve been a horrific way to die.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We were called to Sunbeam Way just after 2pm on Friday by a relative.
“Sadly, a woman, aged 25, was found dead at the scene after suffering serious injuries believed to have been caused by a family dog which also lived at the address.
“No-one else was in the property at the time, and the woman’s family has signed the dog, believed to be a Staffordshire cross, over to police.
“It will be humanely put to sleep.”
He added: “The death is being treated as a tragic incident, but with no suspicious circumstances.
“A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.”