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Widowed grandmother, 83, mauled to death by XL Bully in her own home

Widowed grandmother, 83, died after being viciously mauled by XL Bully in her own home in ‘hellish’ and ‘violent’ dog attack, inquest hears

  • Shirley Patrick, 83, died in hospital 17 days after being mauled by XL Bully
  • She suffered significant wounds to her head, body, face and arms in the attack 
  • Provisional cause of death are Sepsis by pneumonia and infected scalp wounds  
  • Dog attack took place in Caerphilly, South Wales on December 3 last year

A widowed grandmother died after being viciously mauled by an XL Bully in her own home, an inquest has heard. 

Retired nurse Shirley Patrick, 83, died in hospital 17 days after suffering ‘life-threatening injuries’ during the ‘hellish’ and ‘violent’ dog attack in Caerphilly, South Wales on December 3 last year. 

She suffered ‘traumatic lacerations’ and significant wounds to her head, body, face and arms during the attack.

Her provisional cause of death was given as ‘sepsis caused by pneumonia and infected scalp wounds’ following the attack.

Shirley Patrick, 83, died in hospital 17 days after suffering ‘life-threatening injuries’ in the attack

An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned by Gwent Coroner Caroline Saunders after four people were arrested.

The tragedy happened just half a mile from a house where 10-year-old Jack Lis was killed by another dog one year ago. 

A 55-year-old man – believed to be her son Paul – was also taken to hospital with minor injuries and has now been released. Four people were arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury but have been released under conditional bail. 

The dog, a large black XL Bully Cross Cane Corso breed, was seized by officers and has been destroyed. 

Police said their investigation continues and officers will be making further enquiries in the local area

Police said their investigation continues and officers will be making further enquiries in the local area. 

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Sedgebeer said: ‘If you have concerns or any information regarding this dog and its previous behaviour then please do stop and talk with us.’ 

Specially trained firearms officers, police and paramedics were called to the house in December. 

The fatal incident happened just half a mile from a house where a ten-year-old boy was killed by another dog one year ago

One neighbour said ‘all hell broke loose’ at the scene of the attack, while another called Mrs Patrick ‘ a nice old lady who you see walking around’, adding: ‘Poor thing to suffer like that at her age’. 

Mrs Patrick was widowed three years ago when her husband Dennis died. Her grandson had previously run a dog-walking business called Leeondogs from the house but had moved out before the tragedy.

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