Pensioner dies after daughter's pet dogs attack her
A PENSIONER has died after being attacked by her daughter's pet dogs as she fed them.
Gloria Knowles, 71, suffered a cardiac arrest as she was attending to the five dogs, including two giant Bordeaux French mastiffs, in the back garden of her daughter's home.
Police said the widow had sustained a number of injuries during the incident in Morden, south London yesterday evening.
Neighbours on the tree-lined suburban street described hearing screaming coming from the rear of the semi-detached property.
Mrs Knowles was understood to have been feeding the dogs, which lived with her daughter Beverley in the house next to her own.
But it was not clear whether Mrs Knowles had been attacked before her heart stopped or if she suffered a cardiac arrest and was then set upon by the dogs.
Police and paramedics were called just before 6.30pm on Tuesday evening, but Mrs Knowles was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is understood police seized five dogs at the property, including two French Mastiffs, two American bulldogs and a smaller mongrel.
A neighbour, who did not wish to be identified, said: "The police said they didn't know whether the dogs attacked her and she had a heart attack or she had a heart attack and then the dogs attacked her."
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called at around 6.25pm on Tuesday to reports of a 71-year-old woman found deceased at a residential address on Rutland Drive, Morden.
"The woman had sustained a number of injuries. An investigation is under way into establishing the cause of death.
"Next of kin have been informed.
"A post-mortem examination is due to take place at St Georges Hospital Mortuary on Thursday. Inquiries are ongoing."
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called at 6.12pm to Rutland Drive in Morden to a patient in cardiac arrest.
"We sent a single responder in a car, two ambulance crews and a duty officer. Sadly, the patient was dead at the scene."
The incident is the latest in which people have been killed or badly injured by family pets.
Two years ago Barbara Williams, 52, was mauled to death by an eight stone Neapolitan mastiff in Wallington, south London.
The dog had been kept in a cage seven inches shorter than its body.
Earlier this year the dog’s owner, Alex Blackburn-Smith, 35, admitted failing to ensure the dog's welfare and was ordered to do 150 hours' unpaid work and pay costs of £3,300 at Croydon Magistrates' Court.
In January Leslie Trotman, 83, died after he was mauled by a "pit bull-type" dog that had broken out of his neighbour's garden in Brentford, west London.
Martin Evans Telegraph.co.uk