Breeding is out of control

One of the dogs believed to be involved in the attack on Jade Anderson - bull mastiff Buddy
One of the dogs believed to be involved in the attack on Jade Anderson - bull mastiff Buddy

ANIMAL charities are demanding action following the tragic death of Jade Anderson - the 14-year-old was killed by four dogs at a friend’s house on Chaucer Grove, Atherton, on Tuesday afternoon.

The 14-year-old was killed by four dogs at a friend’s house on Chaucer Grove, Atherton, on Tuesday afternoon.

The dogs - two bull terriers and two bull mastiffs - belonged to the mother of Jade’s friend - Beverley Concannon.

Wigan based Prevent Unwanted Pets (PUP) say they had neutered the four dogs destroyed following the attack and say they have been working on the same housing estate for months to try and educate pet owners about the dangers of owning dogs such as bull terriers and mastiffs.

Ann Hillidge, a trustee and volunteer for PUP, said: “We wish to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Jade Anderson.

“As a small charity based in Wigan we have worked on this estate and this family.

“We support calls for changes to legislation as we have seen on this estate and others large numbers of bull breeds which are being bread and it is out of control. We would like to see all of them neutered and micro chipped and we call on Wigan Council and the Government to act quickly to prevent further tragedies.”

Wigan Council said it had received no previous complaints of any sort about the dogs at Ms Concannon’s home.

Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, said: “We’d like to express our condolences to Jade Anderson’s family and friends.

“This is a truly shocking and tragic incident and we will do all we can to cooperate with the police investigation. Until that investigation has been complete, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

“However, we can confirm we have no record of any complaints about dangerous dogs at the address in Atherton.”

Neighbours described a large white dog, believed to be called Buddy, as the ‘leader of the pack’ and said he was kept in a cage in the kitchen.

Chloe Dewett, 12, said: “If you walked down the alley next to the house, you walked on the far side, away from the fence, because they were always jumping up and barking.

“The white one was vicious -I wouldn’t go in the kitchen.”