‘Dog was hanging from my arms’ – Second woman ‘attacked by dog’ near where 3-year-old boy was mauled to death
A second woman claims she was attacked by a dog near a farm where a three-year-old boy was mauled to death. Daniel John Twigg was attacked outside a property on Carr Lane in Milnrow, Rochdale on Sunday afternoon (May 15).
The youngster was rushed to hospital but tragically died a short time later. Following the tragedy, a woman said she filed a complaint with police last year after she was mutilated by a dog while walking on a footpath just yards from where the fatal attack happened.
Kia Walker, 19, suffered horrific injuries to her arm after the April 2021 attack. However, she said officers told her the investigation ‘could not go any further’ because ‘there is no there wasn’t enough evidence.” Police said Kia chose to take no further action.
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A second woman has now told the Manchester Evening News that she was attacked by a dog within 100 yards of where the boy died. The woman, who asked not to be named, shared horrific footage of injuries she says she suffered after being bitten by a Cane Corso on March 29, 2020.
“The dog was not on a leash,” she said. “He was hanging from my arms and pulling me. He bit me in the side.”
It is not believed to be the same dog that was involved in Daniel’s attack. The woman says she suffered horrific injuries to her arms and ribs and ran down a country road before dialing 999.
She was taken to hospital where she received treatment for her injuries, but has since left scars on her arm. However, she says the police told her they would not visit the farm if there were ‘dangerous dogs on the loose’ because it was dark.
The woman believes the attack was caught on CCTV, but claims police said there was no evidence of what she alleged.
“They said there was no evidence,” she said. “I don’t think they’ve ever been there. They just wouldn’t do anything.
“I asked them if they were going to wait until someone died to do something.”
Detectives said they were looking at ‘other notable incidents’ and a reference was made to the police watchdog due to ‘previous contact’ with GMP.
Daniel and his family rented residential property on the Carr Lane site. Police said the young boy was outside his home with a number of dogs before he was attacked.
In a heartbreaking tribute, his family described him as their “happy little boy”. In a statement released by police, they said: “Daniel was a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him.
“He loved Paw Patrol and playing with his brother and sister, he also loved being around animals – especially his pony, Splash. He made us laugh a lot and was a comedic character.
“He was brave, intelligent and full of many characteristics. Daniel enjoyed being with all of his family and will be missed by all. On behalf of our family, we ask people to respect our privacy.”
A 48-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident after turning himself in. Police confirmed he was arrested under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and remains in custody.
The force also revealed that a dog shot dead after the incident was a Cane Corso. Several other dogs were also seized and investigations into them are ongoing.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Jones of GMP’s Professional Standards Branch said: ‘We are aware of a number of notable incidents leading up to the death of three-year-old Daniel Twigg.
“In accordance with the statutory guidelines of the Independent Office for Police Conduct, we have made a referral to the IOPC Fund and are awaiting a decision from their analysts, which will determine the progress of this investigation.
“GMP is committed to providing exceptional service that keeps people safe and cares for victims. Professional analysis of our actions is key to achieving this, so we ask members of the public and the media to refrain from speculation at this time.