FRIENDS and family have paid tribute to a man mauled to death by two XL bully dogs.
Ian Price, 52, died after reportedly protecting his elderly mother from the beasts that jumped out of a neighbor’s window.
Brave passers-by tried to wrestle the dogs away from Mr Price after they attacked him in Stonall, Staffordshire, at around 3.12pm yesterday.
The nearby St Peter’s Primary Academy was sealed off and frightened children were not allowed to leave “for safety reasons”.
Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were alerted – but sadly it has now been confirmed that Mr Price has died from his injuries.
The Sun understands the dogs were XL bullies that had escaped from a neighbor’s house.
Her owner has been charged with manslaughter, a police spokesman confirmed.
A witness told The Sun: “I saw it. It was so horrible I can barely talk about it – but he was beaten to death and it was just horrible.”
The dogs live next door. They have been there for about a year.
“They got through the hedge behind the house and appeared in the elderly lady’s garden. Her son had gone out to protect her.
“We assume the dogs were home alone because there were no cars outside at the time. I suspect they escaped through a window.”
She added: “Both dogs attacked him. Neighbors came to help, but many stayed on that side of the fence because they were too afraid to get involved.”
“A brave man took a big stick and hit the dogs and tried to get rid of them, but the dogs just took no notice. They were in a frenzy.”
“Eventually he freed one of the dogs from the man and the other ran through the hedge back to his home – but it was already 15 to 20 minutes later.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found a man who had suffered multiple life-threatening injuries and was in a critical condition.
“At the scene of the accident, emergency personnel provided him with life support and advanced trauma care.
“Treatment continued en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was transported by ambulance for further treatment.
“Unfortunately, upon arrival at hospital, despite all efforts, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and his death was confirmed.”
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A 30-year-old man from the Lichfield area has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
After the attack, citizens attacked one of the dogs – the other dog was eventually locked in the owner’s apartment.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced this morning that XL Bully dogs will be banned by the end of this year.
Fatal dog attacks in 2023
Five people have died in dog attacks this year: