Tuesday 27 June 2017

Man (22) dies after being attacked by his own dog while having a fit

Police at the scene in Dundonald Street in Preston, Lancashire Credit: Lauren Brown/PA Wire
Police at the scene in Dundonald Street in Preston, Lancashire Credit: Lauren Brown/PA Wire
Dundonald Street in Preston, Lancashire, where a 22 year old man was bitten and killed by a dog Credit: Lauren Brown/PA Wire

The family of a man who died after he was attacked by his dog whilst suffering an epileptic fit have paid tribute to a "happy lad who was always smiling".

Liam Hewitson, 22, of Preston in England, was mauled by his dog Trigger after suffering a fit when he was at home alone, police said.

He sustained significant injuries to his face and neck and died at the scene.

In a tribute his family said: "Liam was a happy lad who was always smiling and had lots of friends. He had a beautiful personality and he will be missed by his dad Phil, girlfriend Jess and sisters Melissa and Aleisha and brother Cordell."

Police have confirmed there will not be a criminal investigation and they are treating the incident as "a tragic accident".

The dog, which was a male pit bull cross and not a banned breed, is thought to have been around five or six years old and had belonged to Liam since its birth.

Flowers near the scene in Dundonald Street in Preston, Lancashire, where a 22 year old man was bitten and killed by a dog Credit: Lauren Brown/PA Wire
Flowers near the scene in Dundonald Street in Preston, Lancashire, where a 22 year old man was bitten and killed by a dog Credit: Lauren Brown/PA Wire

Following the incident it was put down by vets.

One neighbour in Dundonald Street, Maureen Glaubitz, 78, said she believed the dog was an American pit bull but it had not shown a "vicious side".

However a warning sign on the terraced property's gate read "beware of the dog".

Mrs Glaubitz said: "He was a lovely lad. He would say to me, 'if you need anything Maureen, don't be afraid to ask'.

"It was a lovely dog, was Trigger, the dog was all right. I think it was an American pit bull, because I said to him I'm always a little bit wary of these kind of dogs. He said, 'he is all right, he has gone through the tests'. It must be the tests with the police they go through to be able to keep them.

"I could stroke him, I sent him some stuff over for him for Christmas, I used to take him bones across."

She added that Mr Hewitson suffered from epilepsy.

She said: "It's very sad. From what somebody told me, Liam had an epileptic fit. One of his mates said he has had a fit and in my own thinking ... it's upset the dog and the dog in its own way probably thinking to help him."

On Facebook the victim's girlfriend Jessica Hill, 23, said: "Rip my baby boy love you forever & always babe."

She told the Daily Mail she had "no words".

"I'm too devastated to speak. I just love and miss him so much," she said.

Mrs Glaubitz added that Trigger had been a "popular" dog who had been allowed on the street during the summer.

"As far as I know it was his dog, he was lovely. I never saw any vicious side to the dog. They have put him to sleep which I suppose is understandable."

Friends of Mr Hewitson continued to lay flowers outside the property.

One read: "1 of the greatest guy ever exist!!! RIP Liam my friend."

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