The previous warnings about the animals, with the owners in no doubt just what their animals were capable of:
One local added: “Those dogs were always growling and barking in that tiny house. All the local kids were scared stiff of them.”
Oliver Carrick, 15, added: “They’re really mean dogs — they’re never let out of the garden and nobody goes in there.”
The dogs belonged to Kimberley’s mum Beverley. Both were in the house during the attack. Mrs Concannon is a breeder who sells Staffordshire bull terrier pups for up to £200 and has a Facebook page full of fierce-looking dogs.
She tells on her page how her favourite mastiff was so aggressive she had to have him castrated.The amazing fact that someone can apparently afford to keep five large, powerful, expensive breeds in a tiny council house:
Police said officers were confronted by the aggressive dogs – two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers – when they responded to reports of an unconscious girl at a property on the Hagford Estate in Atherton, near Wigan, yesterday afternoon.The total lack of control the owners had over these beasts, and their desire to save their own skin when it all goes pear-shaped:
Molly Brewer, 14, one of Jade’s fellow pupils at Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley said she had spoken to Kimberley’s distraught sister Katrina.
She said: “Jade was eating a pie which she had in her hand. She moved the pie away and the dog went for her throat.
"Then two other dogs were on top of her and biting her legs. Katrina was crying and then went into the house.”She was another minor, it's true. But the adult showed a similar lack of responsibility:
One local said: “We spoke to Kimberley’s twin sister Katrina who told us that after the attack her mum ran off.
“No one has seen her since. She is scared she’ll be attacked because the dogs killed Jade.”The amazing vitality of these breeds when their blood is up (or the abysmal marksmanship of police 'marksmen', take your pick...):
“We believe the biggest dog took about nine bullets before it died.”The classic phrase used about the victim or perpetrator:
A neighbour said: ‘It’s such a tragedy. Jade was a loveable rogue who liked a laugh and a joke. She was a lovely girl.’The inevitable demands from MPs for 'something to be done' (that 'something' almost certainly collective punishment for owners who don't post a threat that will be ignored or not enforced on the underclass scum):
Speaking to The Independent last night, the Labour MP for Bolton West, Julie Hilling, said the attack should prompt moves to “strengthen the law” around dangerous dogs on social housing estates.
“There are real problems with dangerous dogs and we need to have stronger legislation to control these animals when they are in private property. This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with the family.”All we are missing is the inevitable chavshrine, and I'm sure that's well under way by the time the post goes up...