A MUM has been mauled to death in a horror dog attack as her partner desperately tried to save her.
The 43-year-old woman, named locally as Joanne Robinson, was mauled at a home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire last night.
Police forensic officers at the scene of a fatal dog attack in Rotherham[/caption]
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene, but were unable to save her.
Her boyfriend, named as Jamie Stead, 42, suffered devastating injuries to his face, hands and chest as he tried to pull the animals off her.
He remains in hospital today.
Cops took away two dogs, neither of which was a banned breed. It’s understood the pets were American Bully XLs.
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One man, who said he is the couple’s son, said both animals were well-kept.
In a post online, he said: “I can assure you the dogs was treat[ed] well.”
Neighbours and friends left flowers at the house today.
One local said: “They were a smashing couple.
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“The first I knew about it was when I heard the sirens and flashing lights.
“I feel so sorry for the children.”
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “We were called to a property on Masefield Road in West Melton at about 10.15pm last night by a member of the public stating a dog had attacked himself and a woman.
“Officers attended with a Yorkshire Ambulance Crew and found a man, aged 42, with a potentially life-altering injury to one hand, plus injuries to his other hand, abdomen and face.
“He was transported to hospital for further treatment.
“The woman, aged 43, had been fatally bitten and despite the best efforts of emergency crews was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.”
The home remains cordoned off today as investigations continue.
It comes as animal welfare experts have blamed the UK’s dog mauling epidemic on lockdown “impulse buys” – as the rise in killer cases has more than doubled.
RSPCA dog specialists believe the increase in Brits buying puppies in the last two years could have caused the high rates of fatal dog attacks.
Reports from the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association show there has been a 54 per cent increase in dog attacks from 2020 to 2021.
The warnings come after a three-year-old was mauled to death by an out-of-control dog in May.
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The Office for National Statistics figures show that in the decade up to 1991, 15 people were killed by dogs – but in the past ten years that has more than doubled to 32.
It’s understood the dogs involved were American Bully XLs, which are not banned in the UK[/caption]