Is THIS the deadliest month for dog attacks? Experts warn heatwave is fuelling spate of vicious animal attacks including girl, three, who was mauled while playing and mother, 31, who lost a finger as ‘dogs get frustrated in the hot weather’
- There have been a series of dog attacks which seem to coincide with hot climes
A spate of dog attacks over what could be the UK’s deadliest month is feared to have been sparked by the rocketing temperatures.
As the mercury has been rising, so have the reports of killer canines setting upon children and adults across the country.
Yesterday a woman died after being mauled by the animals, while a number of children have been scarred for life.
It comes as the Met Office is predicting seven days in a row above 30C (86F) for some areas between Monday and Sunday this week – and a likely peak on Saturday in London.
Today could be the UK’s hottest day of the year so far, and this week will break the record for the most consecutive September days with heat of 30C (86F) or above.
Emma Chandley, a practising vet with Perfect Pet Insurance, said that summer highs ‘lower the thresholds for violence’ in humans and animals.
‘Dogs are more likely to attack and bite in the warmer summer months.
‘As with humans, tensions tend to rise as the temperature does.
Marie Stevens was mauled by the hounds at around 5.45pm on August 18 in Netherton in Merseyside
Teaching assistant Katie Deere, 31, was also with her own dog when she was suddenly set upon by an unsupervised bully XL breed
A three-year-old girl has been hospitalised with serious injuries after her face was mauled in a vicious dog attack while she was playing outside the Market Tavern (pictured) in Kirkby
‘From my experience, dogs are more likely to bite on hotter days and days when the air pollution is higher,’ she told the Daily Express.
Yesterday it was announced a woman, 40, had died after two Rottweilers savaged her legs and arms when she tried to say help to them.
Marie Stevens’ nightmare unfolded on August 18 in Netherton in Merseyside.
She was rushed to hospital after the dogs pounced and had been discharged to go back home.
But she collapsed at her Brighton-le-Sands home on Sunday and was sadly pronounced dead.
Marie collapsed at her Brighton-le-Sands home on Sunday and was sadly pronounced dead
A ten-year-old schoolboy and a man have suffered ‘serious’ injuries after they were mauled by ‘Pitbull type’ dog on Farfield Road in Huddersfield
On Tuesday night a young boy was rushed to hospital after he was mauled by a dog in a vicious attack while playing with a group of children.
The child was attacked by the Huntaway Crossbreed on Merlin Road in Birkenhead at around 5.50pm on Tuesday evening.
He remains in hospital with ‘significant’ injuries to his cheek and nose and is requiring ‘a considerable amount’ of medical treatment.
Officers from Merseyside Police attended a house in the area, seized the dog and destroyed it. A 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman from Beechwood and Oxton were arrested on suspicion of being in charge of an out-of-control dangerous dog in a public place.
On Monday a schoolboy, woman and a man were rushed to hospital after suffering ‘serious’ injuries when a ‘Pitbull type’ dog attacked them in a back garden.
The savage attack took place on Farfield Road in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
The boy, aged 10, received a ‘serious’ bite injury while the woman was bitten on the hand, and the man on the leg.
A 31-year-old man from Ormskirk has been arrested on suspicion of affray and having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place. Pictured: Police outside the Market Tavern
Miss Deere had already picked up her own dog out of concern for the loose aggressor, which ran across the road and clamped its jaws on her arm
Police managed to get the ‘family pet’, under control before it was seized.
Their injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
On Saturday a three-year-old girl was been left in hospital with serious injuries after her face was mauled in a vicious dog attack while she was playing outside a pub.
Witnesses described seeing the young girl outside the Market Tavern in Kirkby, northeast of Liverpool, earlier in the day dressed in ‘pretty pink’, while they claimed the ‘big dog’ kept having to be pulled back by its owners.
Merseyside Police were called to the pub in Newtown Gardens just after 3.15pm following a report that a dog had attacked a child.
The toddler was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for treatment of her injuries, which are understood to be serious but not life-threatening.
A 31-year-old man from Ormskirk, Lancashire, has been arrested on suspicion of affray and having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place. The dog, which was seized by officers at the scene, will be humanely destroyed after its breed is determined by specialists, it is understood.
Two weeks ago a mother suffered shocking injuries in an horrific mauling by a powerful dog while walking with her daughter in a pushchair.
Teaching assistant Katie Deere, 31, was also with her own dog when she was suddenly set upon by an unsupervised bully XL breed.
Miss Deere had already picked up her own dog out of concern for the loose aggressor, which ran across the road and clamped its jaws on her arm.
The quick-thinking single mother pushed the pushchair towards a passer-by who stopped to help and her own dog ran away.
But she was left at the mercy of the bully XL. Thankfully a lorry driver who witnessed the attack stopped and bravely intervened – pulling the dog off her and calling for an ambulance.
She was rushed to hospital by ambulance, bleeding from wounds to both arms.
The traumatised victim later underwent five hours of surgery on her arms, including 50 stitches and repair to a finger that was partially amputated.
She is now recovering with relatives and an aunt who has set up an online fundraising appeal said they had discovered Miss Deere is ‘not entitled to any sort of compensation or government help as the dog was uninsured and owned by a minor.’
The incident happened at 11am on August 17 in Askern, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
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