November 27, 2021

Woman, 25, with ‘heart of gold’ mauled to death by dog while she was sleeping

A woman mauled to death by a dog while she slept has been pictured for the first time as friends pay tribute.

Keira Ladlow has been named locally as the victim of the shocking incident, which took place in Kitts Green, Birmingham.

The dog – thought to be a Staffordshire cross – is said to have attacked her and caused fatal injuries while she was sleeping alone at home.

Emergency services rushed to the property at around 2pm on Friday but Keira, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene.

She had been found by a relative, West Midlands Police said.

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Keira, aged in her 20s, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene
Keira, aged in her 20s, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene

The force added that the dog would be put to sleep “humanely”.

A friend, who asked not to be named, said of Keira today: “[She] had a passion for her dogs, friends and family.

“It’s tragic, sad news and everyone who knew her is heartbroken.

“She had a heart of gold and was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.”

Neighbours on the quiet residential street where the shocking incident took place have also told of their shock over the tragic death.

Grandfather-of-five Eric Kirton, 72, a retired industrial cleaner, said: “I saw everything going on outside.

“There were ambulances and police cars.

Police are not treating the tragic death as suspicious
Police are not treating the tragic death as suspicious

“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.”

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The shocking attack took place at a property in Birmingham
The shocking attack took place at a property in Birmingham

A police spokesman said: “We were called to Sunbeam Way just after 2pm on Friday by a relative.

“Sadly, a woman 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.”

“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.”