Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WOMAN DIES AFTER SAVAGING BY DOGS; PENSIONER, 71, ATTACKED AS SHE GOES TO FEED DAUGHTER'S FIVE PETS 'Nice Dogs, but Could Knock You over If They Jumped Up' NEIGHBOUR HEARS SCREAMS FOR HELP FROM GARDEN OF LONDON HOME 'Nice Dogs, but Could Knock You over If They Jumped Up'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WOMAN DIES AFTER SAVAGING BY DOGS; PENSIONER, 71, ATTACKED AS SHE GOES TO FEED DAUGHTER'S FIVE PETS 'Nice Dogs, but Could Knock You over If They Jumped Up' NEIGHBOUR HEARS SCREAMS FOR HELP FROM GARDEN OF LONDON HOME 'Nice Dogs, but Could Knock You over If They Jumped Up'

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Byline: Rob Parsons and Justin Davenport

A WOMAN aged 71 died after being savaged by her daughter's five dogs which included two huge French mastiffs and two American bulldogs.

Gloria Knowles was heard screaming for help after going to feed the dogs in the back garden of her daughter Beverley's home next door to hers. It is understood the dogs had not been out all day.

Detectives are investigating whether she was mauled to death by the animals. Mrs Knowles is believed to have suffered a heart attack but it is not known whether this was before or after the attack.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the address in Rutland Drive, Morden, just before 6.30pm yesterday. Mrs Knowles was pronounced dead at the scene.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he heard screaming but thought it sounded like a neighbour's child. He said: "Beverley has lots of dogs, there are two which I think are mastiffs which are big with really wide chests.

"The dogs had not been out all day. Gloria, from what we can gather, came in to feed them and either fell on the ground before being attacked by the dogs, or the dogs attacked her and she fell over.

"The police said they didn't know whether the dogs attacked her and she had a heart attack or she had a heart attack and then the dogs attacked her.

"They are nice dogs but if they jumped up in excitement Continued on Page 5

Continued from Page 1 on you it would knock you over. They were going to get bigger because they are only young." Police said five dogs had been seized at the house, the mastiffs, bulldogs and a small mongrel. Mrs Knowles, a widow, is thought to have lived with a granddaughter and great-grandchild. She lived next door to her daughter and her husband who own Harrington's Pie and Mash shop in Tooting.

The neighbour said: "Gloria was a game old bird, she didn't limp or have a walking stick. …

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