OAP neighbor of ‘house of horror’ where mum and two children were shot by ‘devil dogs’ says she’s ‘a prisoner in my own house’

A PENSIONER who lives next to a hellish house where a brutal mutilation left three injured has told how she feels like a prisoner in her own house for fear of being savage.

The ‘aggressive’ dogs brutally attacked the mother and two young children living next to the 70-year-old woman on Friday evening.


Police at the scene where a mother and her two children were injured in a dog attack1 credit

They are thought to be American Bullies, a non-prohibited breed that has been implicated in a series of recent fatal attacks.

Witnesses said the trio were “covered in blood and bite marks” following the terrifying mutilation.

A man, in his early 20s, has been arrested on suspicion of assault, coercive and controlling behavior and being responsible for a dangerously out of control dog. He remains in custody.

Officers seized four dogs from the property in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, which today remains empty.

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The only signs of occupancy are the piles of rubbish in the front and back gardens.

OAP, who lives alone in a nearby period terraced house, today told how she felt trapped indoors for months for fear of animals.

After their longtime neighbor left, a couple bought the property to rent out as a business venture and new tenants moved in 18 months ago.

Despite a no-pets rule, the family kept one dog – which later grew to four.

The pensioner, who has lived happily in her peaceful and well-kept home for 40 years, said: “I’m stuck like a prisoner in my own home.

“I’m too terrified to go out because of the loose dogs, the mess and the stench. It’s horrible.”

The concerned resident recounted how a gate, less than 3ft high, partitions off their homes in the middle of a taller fence.

She said she had asked the tenants to put up a taller structure as she feared the four dogs would jump over and attack her, but was told that was the landlord’s responsibility.

However, when she contacted the landlord, they claimed it was the tenants.

She now had to place three wheelie bins in front of the low door to act as a barricade.

“It’s terrifying,” she said. “They could easily jump over the door and attack.

“The dogs bark constantly and seem very aggressive.”


Recalling when the horror unfolded on Friday, the woman said she hadn’t been paying attention at first because ‘the house is always so noisy’, but she soon realized the commotion didn’t was not a party.

“I heard all this screaming and the dog is barking continuously. It sounded bad,” she said.

“Another neighbor called the police but was told they had already been alerted and were on their way.

“The mother and children were rushed to hospital, the man was arrested and the dogs taken away.”

Derbyshire Police said officers were called to report a domestic incident around 6pm on August 12.

A woman in her twenties was found assaulted and bitten by a dog, while two young boys had also been attacked by the animals.

A third youngster was injured in the incident, but none of his injuries were life-threatening.

The retired woman’s worried son visited her today to install CCTV and described the events and his living conditions as hellish.

I’m stuck like a prisoner in my own house.

He said: “My mum has had to put up with so much since the house was rented. It’s been a nightmare.

“My sister stayed with her for comfort, but she couldn’t sleep because of the continuous noise from the dogs.

“The couple also don’t put their rubbish in bins, they just throw it in the garden for the dogs to tear up, so there’s a mess everywhere.”

Another man, who lives nearby, added: “I want her to come and live with me but she refuses to be kicked out of her house.”

The woman says she has repeatedly contacted Erewash Council Environmental Health and Dog Handling Services but feels she is “fighting a losing battle”.

She said that even with “heaps of trash and dog feces” in the front and back gardens, authorities didn’t want to know.

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“It’s disgusting and in violation of environmental health regulations,” she added.

“The town hall took out dumpsters and waste was taken away, but there is still a lot of it. It’s not hygienic.”

The house where dogs attacked a mother and her two children


The house where dogs attacked a mother and her two childrenCredits: Tracey Kandohla
OA neighbor said she felt trapped in her own home for fear of dogs


OA neighbor said she felt trapped in her own home for fear of dogs1 credit

Prohibited dog breeds

In the UK it is illegal to own certain types of dogs. Here are the:

  • pit bull terrier
  • japanese tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brazil

It is also prohibited by law to:

  • Selling a forbidden dog
  • Abandoning a prohibited dog
  • Giving away a forbidden dog
  • Prohibited dog breed

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