Woman mauled to death by two escaped dogs after ferocious hounds leap into her garden in the Black Country

AN ELDERLY woman has been mauled to death by two escaped dogs today after the ferocious hounds leapt into her garden.

The woman was savaged in Rowley Regis, West Midlands, by two of her neighbour's dogs.

In at statement, West Midlands Police said: "We were alerted to an elderly woman being found with serious injuries in a rear garden in Boundary Avenue at around 3.20pm.

"Despite the best efforts of emergency services she was sadly confirmed dead at the scene soon afterwards.

"It's understood two dogs – which did not belong to the woman who was aged in her 80s – had managed to get into her garden and she was attacked.

"She sustained dog bite injuries although a post mortem will take place in due course to establish the cause of death."

Cops said a 43-year-old man was detained in custody on suspicion of being the person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control and death is caused.

The two dogs have been seized and will be examined to find out what breed they are.

Cops said: "A police scene and presence will remain in place in the area as we work to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman at this deeply distressing time."

An air ambulance landed in Britannia Park and the area was sealed off, the Birmingham Mail reported.

Forensics officers were reportedly at the scene and many residents stood near the cordon as police cars parked nearby.

Two cop cars with dogs are reportedly in the area. Vets were at believed to be at the scene but have since left.

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