Woman, 72, died weeks after she was mauled by 12st American bulldog

Woman, 72, who was mauled by 12st American bulldog pet while babysitting her granddaughter died three weeks later after developing sepsis and pneumonia as a result of her injuries, inquest hears

  • Elizabeth Walton, 72, was attacked by a 12-stone American bulldog last August
  • She was babysitting her granddaughter when the dog tore through a barrier 
  • Attack was so vicious Mrs Walton’s arm had to be amputated and she later died 
  • The dog has since been destroyed and a verdict of accidental death was given 

A grandmother died after being mauled by a 12-stone bulldog in a ‘series of attacks’ by the family pet, an inquest heard.

Elizabeth Walton, 72, was set upon by the American bulldog while babysitting her granddaughter despite being ‘familiar’ with the animal.

Mrs Walton – known as Ray – suffered bite wounds to her legs and buttocks when the large dog attacked and had to have an arm amputated following the mauling.

An inquest heard Mrs Walton never regained consciousness and died in the early hours of September 1 having contracted sceptic shock and pneumonia as a result of her injuries.

The former shop assistant was looking after her youngest granddaughter during the school holidays when the animal attacked on August 10 last year.

Coroners officer Lisa Jenkins said Mrs Walton was alone in the house in Goodwick, Pembs., while her granddaughter went outside to play.

Elizabeth Walton- (pictured), 72, was set upon by the American bulldog while babysitting her granddaughter despite being ‘familiar’ with the animal

She was found covered in ‘a large amount of blood’ on the floor of the utility room in her daughter Leah’s house.

Miss Jenkins said Leah’s partner Ryan Joshua came home to find a wooden divide that kept the dogs out of the house was not in place.

She said: ‘It was clear to him one of the dogs had attacked.’

Police confirmed the animal was an American bulldog which was not a banned breed. The pet, called Rex, was destroyed following the attack. 

The elderly woman was still conscious and complaining of feeling cold and so Ryan tried to cover her up and keep her warm while he phoned Leah and the emergency services. 

Miss Jenkins said: ‘She was airlifted to Moriston Hospital in Swansea received treatment for extreme injuries to her legs and buttocks.’

Ms Jenkins said medics were forced to amputate one of Mrs Walton’s arms following the attack. 

The elderly woman was still conscious and complaining of feeling cold and so Ryan (pictured with his wife Leah) tried to cover her up and keep her warm while he phoned Leah and the emergency services

Mrs Walton, an only child, had worked for Stena Line Ferries before taking a job with the Vincent Davies home store in Haverfordwest. She was a regular visitor at her daughter’s home where Leah and her partner Ryan kept a number of dogs. Pictured, the area of Leah’s home

The inquest heard her medical cause of death was a heart attack and ventilator induced pneumonia, septic shock and fatal dog bite injuries.

Giving a conclusion of accidental death, coroner Paul Bennet said: ‘This is one of those tragic situations where a dog has launched a series of attacks.

‘The injuries resulted in her being hospitalised and the development of septic shock and ventilator-induced pneumonia.

‘The dog attack and bites seem wholly logical to be as a result of an unintended act of the dog.

‘The sad fact is that for whatever reason Mrs Walton was the victim of this incident. And in that sense of the word, has been subjected to an accident.’

He offered his condolences to the family, who were not present at the inquest, describing Mrs Walton’s death as a ‘very tragic loss’.

Mrs Walton, an only child, had worked for Stena Line Ferries before taking a job with the Vincent Davies home store in Haverfordwest.

She was a regular visitor at her daughter’s home where Leah and her partner Ryan kept a number of dogs. 

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