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RSPCA in prior contact at address where baby mauled

The RSPCA has issued the following statement after an 11-month-old girl was mauled to death at a home in Blackburn yesterday evening.

We are extremely saddened to hear about this incident and our thoughts are with the family of the baby girl involved.

Two years ago the RSPCA was contacted about a cat which had been attacked and died after going into a garden at this address. 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 at that time.

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".


Baby mauled 'upstairs while couple were downstairs'

The mother of a baby mauled to death by a dog was downstairs with her boyfriend at the time, police have said.

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell of Lancashire Police called the incident "absolutely horrific" and said both suspects will be questioned by detectives today.

The baby was upstairs in a bed in one of the front bedrooms and the two people who are currently in custody, they were downstairs when the attack took place.

– Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell of Lancashire Police
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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.

Baby mauled to death by dog in Blackburn named

Ava Jayne Marie Corless was mauled to death on Monday evening Credit: Facebook

An 11-month-old girl mauled to death in Blackburn by an "American pitbull-type" dog has been named by Lancashire Police as Ava Jayne Marie Corless.

Her mother Chloe King, 20, and her partner named as Lee Wright - who is not the child's father - have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Chloe King pictured with her baby daughter Ava Credit: Facebook

Police at the scene of fatal dog attack in Blackburn

Police are continuing to carry out inquiries in Blackburn after an 11-month-old baby died after being mauled by a dog.

A 24-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and are in police custody.

The street where the incident occurred last night has been cordoned off by police Credit: ITV News
Police at the scene of the fatal dog attack where an investigation is underway


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Police investigate after baby mauled to death by dog

An investigation is underway following the death of an eleven month old baby in Blackburn.

At 11pm last night, police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Emily Street following reports a baby had been mauled by a dog.

The child was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital but died a short time later.

The dog has been destroyed.

Officers are continuing to carry out enquiries at the scene and investigate the circumstances of what has happened.

A 26 year old man and a 20 year old woman have both been arrested and are currently in police custody.

This is a tragic incident and specially trained officers are offering support to the wider family. A full investigation is underway.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Giles

Canine couture at 'New York Fashion Week for dogs'

With New York Fashion Week well underway, pets in the Big Apple joined in the action with their very own jewel-themed New York Pet Fashion Show.

A Tudor theme for this Bulldog at the New York Pet Fashion Show Credit: Reuters
Pink-tipped paws and a sparkly tiara Credit: Reuters
A pure breed Poodle ready for the catwalk Credit: Reuters
A glitter-clad Chihuahua prepares for a lap on the runway Credit: Reuters
Proceeds raised from the event go to a shelter or rescue group in the city. Credit: Reuters
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