PICTURED: A mother-of-two, 43, was bitten to death by her XL bully dog while her partner, 42, recovers in hospital after a dog attack at their home
- A 43-year-old woman was killed in a dog attack in Rotherham, South Yorkshire
- A 42-year-old man suffered a life-changing hand injury, as well as facial and abdominal wounds
- It is reported that the dog involved was the family’s XL Bully, which is a legal breed
Pictured is a mother of two who was beaten to death by her American Bully XL dog while her partner sustained life-changing injuries.
The woman, identified locally as Joanne Robinson, died at the scene of the attack at a house in Rotherham, South Yorkshire on Friday night.
The 43-year-old is said to have been the owner of the animal, which is on the legal dog breed list, and attacked her around 10 p.m.
Floral tributes were left to the mother, and neighbors described her as a “lovely lady”.
Joanne Robinson (pictured), 43, was killed by her American Bully XL dog at her home in Rotherham on Friday night
A man also suffered life-changing injuries after a dog attack, police said. Pictured: South Yorkshire Police officers were at the scene on Saturday morning
Dozens of flowers have already been laid at the scene where a woman tragically died
Bouquets with messages like “We love you!” were placed in front of the house.
Crime scene photos show that the woman appeared to be well-known and popular locally
live in yorkshire reports that her partner, a 42-year-old man, suffered injuries to his hands, stomach and face while trying to save her.
South Yorkshire Police say two dogs have been confiscated and removed from the property and neither of them are on the banned breed list.
The force said both are not considered “prohibited breeds” under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
A statement from the force said: “We were called to a property on Masefield Road in West Melton by a member of the public at around 10.15pm last night who said a dog had attacked itself and a woman.
Forensic officers from South Yorkshire Police at the scene of a fatal dog attack in Rotherham
‘Officials attended with a Yorkshire ambulance [Service] crew and found a 42-year-old man with a potentially life-changing injury to one hand, as well as injuries to his other hand, abdomen and face. He was taken to the hospital for further treatment.
“The 43-year-old woman was fatally bitten and was pronounced dead despite the best efforts of rescue workers at the scene.
“The dog and another dog on the property were seized by specially trained officers. None of the dogs were of a prohibited breed.”
There have been numerous incidents involving Bully XL dogs and police confirmed in March that Bella-Rae Birch, a 17-month-old girl, was killed by one in her own home.
Bully dogs have become increasingly popular in recent years. Pictured is a file image of an American Bully dog
Police said the toddler was attacked at her family’s home in St Helens, Merseryside, a week after buying the dog.
It was also reported that a Bully XL beat Welsh schoolboy Jack Lis to death in a brutal attack last year.
According to the UK Bully Kennel Club website, the American Bully XL is a large breed with male dogs measuring 51cm and over.
The club says: “Despite its considerable size, the XL is highly valued not only for its impressive stature, but also for its gentle personality and loving nature.
“It is a young breed from the 1980s and it is believed that the distinctive build and size combined with a compassionate nature means its popularity continues to grow.”