Wigan: Charges 'Unlikely' Over Fatal Dog Attack

5 April 2013, 08:58

Police say it's "unlikely" that anyone will be prosecuted over the death of 14-year-old Jade Anderson who was mauled by a pack of dogs in Atherton, near Wigan.

The schoolgirl was found with wounds consistent with a dog attack at a house in Chaucer Grove on March 26th.

She was alone, visiting the home of a friend, when she was attacked by four dogs, thought to be two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers

The animals were later shot by the police.

A fifth dog, not considered to be a danger to the public, was ``contained'' at the scene.

Greater Manchester Police said they could not prove a crime had been committed, although a prosecution may be brought in the future.

"At this stage of the inquiry, we do not have anything evidentially to categorically prove a crime has been committed, therefore it is unlikely at this stage we will be seeking to bring a prosecution.

"That is not to say that no prosecution will ever be brought, and we still have a number of inquiries to make.

"While we do not want to be drawn on the politics surrounding the legislation of dangerous dogs, we are nonetheless bound by the law.

"As always, our thoughts are with Jade's family, and we continue to offer them support at such a difficult time in their lives.''


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