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By Jaya Narain and James Rush
PUBLISHED: 11:31 EST, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 07:07 EST, 27 March 2013
The friend of a schoolgirl who was savaged to death by four dogs can be seen tenderly cradling one of the killer animals as a young puppy in a picture which has emerged today.
It is thought the two Staffordshire bull terriers, a bull mastiff and an American bulldog went berserk when Jade Lomas-Anderson, 14, began eating a meat pie.
As they tried to grab the pie, they bit her throat and Jade, who was alone in the house, was unable to fight them off.
Police using riot shields stormed the house in Atherton, Wigan, before marksmen killed the snarling animals.
The owners of the dogs may not face prosecution because the attack was on private property.
Tragic: Jade Lomas-Anderson (left) was mauled by four dogs as she ate lunch at the house of her friend Kimberley Concannon (pictured right with a young 'Buddy', an American bulldog that is said to be one of the dogs to have savaged Jade)
But by the time officers reached Jade she was dead on the floor, bleeding from bite marks all over her body.
Neighbours said she had been staying with her friend Kimberley Concannon at the house she lives in with her twin Catrina and mother Beverley, for the first few days of the Easter holidays.
The dogs were owned by Beverley Concannon who referred to them as ‘her babies’ although a sign on the house reads: ‘Beware of the Dog... enter at your own risk’.
Mrs Concannon was last year selling Staffordhsire bull terriers puppies on her Facebook profile, which features pictures of the dogs.
On the website, she admits the bull mastiff had to be castrated after it was aggressive towards children.
She wrote: 'He's too protective though he doesn't like youngsters or screaming. He has gone to bite but had him castrated to calm him down.'
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Destroyed: A male Staffordshire Bull Terrier (left) and bull mastiff Neo (right)
Put down: Buddy, an American bulldog, was one of the dogs destroyed by armed police
She also warns about how dangerous 'a bully', the nickname for a bull mastiff, can be.
She said: 'A growl from a bully is a warning not to go near them.'
Neighbours said Jade’s horrific death was a ‘tragedy waiting to happen’ and that the dogs used to growl and bark at anyone who came near the terraced house.
One resident said: ‘The dogs were really scary – Staffies and bull mastiffs. Jade knew these animals so I don’t know why they all went for her. These animals were a menace and everyone was scared of them. It is shocking.’
Another neighbour said: ‘She had gone to the shops to buy a meat pie and took it back to the house with her.
heard the dogs went for her as she tried to eat the pie. She tried to
fend one of the animals off but apparently it went berserk and went for
her throat. Apparently she was then overwhelmed by the animals inside
A friend of Jade said: ‘At least two of the other dogs joined in and started biting her legs.’
Police have said no arrests have so far taken place in connection with the incident.
Owner: The dogs, including the American bulldog 'Buddy' (right) are said to belong to Beverley Concannon (left),
Dogs: Bull mastiff 'Neo' (left, front left) and American bulldog 'Buddy' (left, white dog), two of Beverley Concannon's dogs said to have savaged Jade. Mrs Concannon last year was selling puppies (right) on Facebook
Officers are continuing to carry out
investigations, but because the attack was on private property, it is
possible no arrests will take place at all.
Police are also investigating to see if any of the dogs are banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
The current laws means dog owners are immune from prosecution if the attack takes place on their property.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson last month announced moves to close this loophole as part of a number of measures, which included plans for all dogs to be microchipped by 2016.
The Communication Workers Union, which has been campaigning for changes to UK's dog control laws, today said the dogs at the property were known to postal workers in the area, although there had been no attacks.
Dave Joyce, CWU Health and Safety
Officer, said: 'This is another tragic loss of a young life and CWU
sends condolences to the family and friends of Jade Lomas-Anderson. It
highlights again the danger posed by dogs and the need to tackle
irresponsible ownership. How many more lives must be lost before action
Floral tributes: Flowers and tributes were left outside the back gate of the home, next to the scene of the attack
Thoughts: A tribute left at the scene from the residents of a nearby street
Beware: A sign warning people on the house where Jade was savaged by the dogs
Mr Joyce said Defra's recent
announcement 'was welcome, but it doesn’t go far enough and we still
have no timetable of implementation'.
Police were called to the house at 2pm after reports that the teenager had been seen lying unconscious in a downstairs room.
When officers arrived they found four dogs rampaging out of control around the property.
Armed police were called out and had to shoot the four dogs so officers could get inside the house. A fifth dog was contained in a separate room and had not been involved in the attack.
Despite attempts to resuscitate Jade, she was later pronounced dead.
Police said Jade’s injuries ‘were consistent with her having been attacked by dogs’.
A post-mortem examination was being carried out last night to establish the exact cause of death.
Jade lived nearby with her family and attended Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley.
a statement today, Jan Garretts, head teacher at Jade's school, said:
'We are all deeply shocked and saddened by Jade's tragic death.
'She had only been a pupil at the school since the summer but had made a real impact in that short time.
'Jade was a lively student who always
had a smile on her face. She loved music and dance and was a regular at
our after-school dancing club.
The current law makes it a criminal offence for an owner to allow any dog to be dangerously out of control in public or a private place, where it is not permitted to be.
This means owners could be prosecuted if a dog attacks a person in a neighbour's garden, but a loophole keeps them immune from prosecution for attacks on their own land.
Last month, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announced measures to extend legal protection against dog attacks to cover incidents on private property.
The move has been designed to protect postmen, nurses and other workers whose jobs take them on to other people’s properties, as well as other visitors such as family members, particularly children.
The plans also include measures to force all pet owners to have their dog microchipped, from which they can be identified on a central database, by 2016 or face a fine of up to £500.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was introduced after a series vicious attacks on children by pit bull terriers.
The act bans breeding and sale of four breeds: pit bull terriers (pictured above), Japanese tosas, fila brasileiro and dogo argentino.
It is illegal to possess such dogs without a certificate of exemption, which is given only after the dog is neutered, insured, and has a transponder implanted beneath its skin.
They must also be muzzled in public places and be led by a person over the age of 16.
There are an estimated 5,000 dog attacks on British Telecom, Royal Mail and Parcel Force staff in England every year.
Postal workers union the CWU estimate that 70 per cent of the attacks on their staff happen on private property.
They have also said the police will have more powers to investigate attacks.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has set out plans to make it compulsory for all dogs in England to be microchipped from 2016 and extend laws governing dog attacks to cover incidents on private property.
Officials estimate around 210,000 people are attacked by dogs in England every year.
'At what turned out to be her last
day at school, Jade was given a progress report by her teachers and was
told that everyone was delighted with the progress she was making.
'She will be greatly missed by the Fred Longworth School community.
'Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this terrible time.'
Well-wishers and members of the community visited the scene today and left flowers and soft toys in tribute to Jade.
One message, attached to a pink teddy
bear, read: 'We were blessed to have known you, you were a smart girl
forever in our hearts. Simply the best. God bless from Peter, Nicola,
Grandad Jack, Samuel and Lilly Rose. God bless your family.'
Another card said: 'To Jade. RIP Princess. We had lots of fun times together, I will miss you. Jessica W.'
Her parents live just a few streets away, but were too upset to talk.
Speaking at the house last night, a man who identified himself only as Jade's uncle, asked for the family to be left alone to come to terms with the tragedy.
He said: 'We don't even know what's happened yet. Jade was brilliant.'
Local resident Deanne Bamber, 19, who owns six dogs, said Jade's death was 'awful.
'I was crying my eyes out when I heard about this,' she said.
'It's an awful thing what's happened
to Jade, it's also an eye opener. She shouldn't have been on her own
with all those dogs. Not at her age anyway.
'We always knew the dogs were at the
house because when we walk our dogs past they all start barking. But to
be fair, they've never done anything to make me worried.
'I've been brought up around dogs and this has been a huge shock.'
A neighbour said: ‘It’s such a tragedy. Jade was a loveable rogue who liked a laugh and a joke. She was a lovely girl.’
Another resident said: ‘Those dogs were always growling and barking in this tiny house.
‘All the local kids were scared stiff of them all. I’m not surprised this has happened to Jade - it was a tragedy waiting to happen.’
Mrs Concannon’s Facebook profile picture is a photograph of the bull mastiff, Neo, which she described as ‘my baby’.
She described the dog as too protective and said it ‘doesn’t like youngsters or screaming’ but added that she’d had it castrated calm him down.’
The other dogs destroyed were an American bulldog called Buddy and two Staffordshire bull terriers – one male, one female.
Police today said investigations were continuing at the house today.
Superintendent Mark Kenny said: 'This remains a deeply distressing incident for everyone involved and the wider community and our thoughts continue to be with Jade's family.
'They are understandably devastated by what has happened, as are Jade's circle of friends.
'Our response is now two-fold - to continue to provide whatever support is necessary to the family alongside a painstaking investigation to establish the truth of what happened.
'With that in mind we still have a small scene at the house and residents will continue to see an increased police presence today and in the coming days.
'A post mortem will be carried out later today after which we hope to know more about how Jade died.
'Part of the investigation will also look at the breed of dogs, which have yet to be confirmed.'
In a message about Jade’s death on Facebook, Paula Carden wrote: ‘She was staying at her friends and it’s the families dogs who attacked her. You will be probably know who’s dogs they were.’
Hayley Hughes said: ‘Jade was one of my best mate…. sat here in tears!’
Leanne Marie Smith said: ‘RIP Jade Anderson such a beautiful girl, savaged by dogs! whoever owned them wants putting down because if it was one of my kids I’d be doing a long time in prison for killing them myself!’
Jade lived with her family in a nearby house and was a pupil at Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley
Jade was believed to have been staying with friends when the tragedy occurred
Tragic: A Facebook photo of Jade Anderson who was found dead at a house in Atherton
Police forensics officers arrive to investigate the scene where a 14-year-old girl was found dead amid five aggressive dogs
An officer stands guard at a police cordon near the house. Police have said it is 'too early to speculate' about what took place
Milly Lewis said: ‘No one deserves to be taken so young and in such a horrific way, rest In peace Jade Anderson x.’
Jade’s death follows a number of similar dog attacks in recent years.
In 2009, three-and-a-half-month-old
Jaden Mack was killed by a Staffordshire bull terrier and a Jack Russell
at his grandmother’s home in Ystrad Mynach, South Wales.
Police have said it was 'too early to speculate about what took place' at the house in Atherton
Tributes: A friend leaves flowers and a teddy bear outside the home where Jade Anderson died
The same year, John-Paul Massey, four, died at his grandmother’s house in Liverpool after suffering 'massive injuries' inflicted by a pitbull, a banned breed.
Tricia Massey wrote on Jade's Facebook page: 'Such a tragic thing to happen....Something needs to be done about these aggressive animals.
'Sleep tight Jade, I'm sure my John-Paul will look after you.'
In November, eight-day-old Harry Harper died from a head injury after being bitten by the family Jack Russell in Telford, Shropshire.
Seven people, including five children, have been killed by dogs in homes since 2007, according to a report published last month by the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.
The Government has announced that microchipping will become compulsory and dog owners will also face prosecution if an animal attacks anyone in their home.
Officers found the body and were confronted by 'aggressive and out of control dogs', four of which have now been destroyed
A police forensic officer investigates the scene where 14-year-old Jade Anderson was found dead. There was a warning sign on the side of the fence
Closed: Police cordoned off Chaucer Grove where the body of Jade Anderson was found today