Portsmouth dog attack: Man, 34, mauled to death by ‘dangerous’ animal in park

Portsmouth dog attack: Man, 34, mauled to death by ‘dangerous’ animal in park

A 34-year-old man has died after being mauled by a dog in a horror attack in a park in Portsmouth.

The attack took place at a recreation ground shortly before 10.30am on Wednesday.

Emergency services attended the scene but the man was pronounced dead in the park.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being the dog’s owner.

The dog was secured and removed from the scene and the man’s family were informed.

Police are investigating the attack.

A spokesman from Hampshire Police said: “We were called to the concern for the welfare of a man at the recreation ground on Hillson Drive in Fareham at 10:25am on Wednesday 10 August.

“A 34 year-old man was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene by our colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service.

“His family has been informed.

“We are speaking to people in the area and carrying out other lines of enquiry to establish how the man died.

“As part of our enquiries a 20 year-old man from Fareham has been arrested on suspicion of being the owner/person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death. He has been released from custody without charge but remains under investigation while enquiries continue.

“A dog has also been secured and removed from the scene.”

The Mirror has contacted the South Central Ambulance Service for comment.

This comes after a three-year-old girl suffered life-changing injuries after being bitten by a Doberman dog in a separate incident in Hampshire.

The child was attacked in Havant on Monday before a 44-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury.

The girl was taken to hospital and the dog was seized by officers, added the force.

In an update today a police spokesperson told The Mirror the woman has been released on conditional bail while investigations continue.

Last month The Mirror reported on a mum who died after being attacked by a dog in Rotherham who was named locally as Joanne Robinson.

Floral tributes were left outside the victim’s home in West Melton, following the tragic incident.

In June the mum of a 10-year-old boy mauled to death by a dog said she will fight the owners’ sentence.

Emma Whitfield believes the sentences the two people responsible for her son’s death received are “not even close to justice”.

Jack Lis was tragically killed by an XL Bully on November 8 last year after being invited to a school friend’s house in Penyrheol, Caerphilly, to meet the new family dog, WalesOnline reports.

The dog, named Beast, had been captured on CCTV in the days before the incident jumping up and attempting to bite people in the street, a crown court later heard.

Beast’s owner, Brandon Hayden, was eventually sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment while Amy Salter, who was asked by Hayden to take care of the dog at her home, was sentenced to three years imprisonment. Both were banned from owning a dog indefinitely.

In May a teenage girl was rushed to hospital after being savaged by a dog as she tried to help its owner fix a harness.

The incident happened in Navigation Park in Altrincham.

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