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RSPCA: We are extremely saddened by death of baby

RSPCA have released a statement after the death of Ava Jayne Marie Corless, who was killed by a dog last night.

They said:

"The RSPCA was contacted about a cat which had been attacked and died after going into a garden at this address in March 2012.

"There was no suggestion that the incident was anything other than an accident and no further action was taken.

"Later that year the RSPCA was again contacted regarding concerns for the health of a litter of puppies at the address.

"An officer attended and the dogs were all under veterinary care and receiving the treatment they required.

"Two puppies were signed over to the RSPCA, which were subsequently found new homes."

"There were no children living at the address."

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Killer dog 'aggressive and dangerous'

The dog that mauled a baby to death in Blackburn has been described as "very aggressive and dangerous" by a neighbour, who said the animal had previously entered his garden by breaking the fence.

Locals have claimed they reported dangerous dogs at the address of the killing to police.

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell said Lancashire Police are making inquiries to see whether there have been previous issues with the dog, but that "at this moment it would be too early to speculate on that".

Mother arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after dog kills daughter

Emily Street in Blackburn, where baby Ava Jayne Marie Corless was killed Credit: PA

The mother of an 11-month-old baby girl, mauled to death by a dog, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Ava Jayne Marie Corless was in bed at a house in Emily Street, Blackburn, at around 11pm yesterday when she was savaged by what police described as an American pitbull-type dog.

She was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

The girl's mother has been named locally as Chloe King and the man in custody was named as Lee Wright, who is not the father of the child.

Police have not confirmed the names of those under arrest.

Neighbours claim to have made previous complaints about the dog's behaviour to police.

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