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Police affirm retired vet was mauled to loss of life by pack of seven canine

A retired vet was bitten to loss of life in his backyard by a pack of seven canine, police have confirmed – with a 75-year-old lady launched on bail following her arrest. 

Antony Harrington was mauled by the scrum of animals together with a number of giant Bernese mountain canine at his dwelling in Little Packington, Warwickshire.

The father-of-three is believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest throughout the assault and was declared lifeless on the scene. At first, detectives have been uncertain whether or not he had been bitten earlier than dying or solely after, however have now confirmed chunk accidents as the reason for loss of life.

Sources mentioned the assault was so vicious that scraps of Mr Harrington’s garments have been discovered scattered across the backyard. 

Following the incident, police arrested a 75-year-old lady on suspicion of proudly owning a canine dangerously uncontrolled. She has has since been bailed pending additional inquiries. 

Retired vet Antony Harrington was found dead in his garden having been attacked by a pack of seven dogs

Retired vet Antony Harrington was discovered lifeless in his backyard having been attacked by a pack of seven canine

A friend of Mr Harrington went on a walk with him and shared photos of several Bernese Mountain dogs

A good friend of Mr Harrington went on a stroll with him and shared photographs of a number of Bernese Mountain canine 

Sources say Mr Harrington ‘all the time beloved animals’ and that the opposite six canine seized by police have been owned by a good friend dwelling with him on the time. The tragedy has left his household ‘distraught’. 

The cause for the canine turning on Mr Harrington stays a thriller 5 months on from his loss of life on November 25 final yr.

‘Tony all the time beloved animals and had an enormous black terrier of his personal,’ a supply informed The Sun.

‘He was discovered within the backyard and bits of his garments had been scattered across the grass.

‘His household are distraught and hope the investigation will help them perceive what occurred.’

Mr Harrington ran a veterinary surgical procedure in Birmingham’s Hodge Hill referred to as The Lodge together with his late spouse Louise from 1980 till they each retired.

A steam locomotive fanatic, he helped to revive a 1914 traction engine that continues to be in use to today, per his household’s needs.

Two Bernese Mountain dogs pictured by a friend of Mr Harrington after he went on a walk with him

Two Bernese Mountain canine pictured by a good friend of Mr Harrington after he went on a stroll with him  

The National Traction Engine Trust paid tribute to Mr Harrington on social media forward of his funeral, which was held in Coleshill, Warwickshire in March.  

A publish on Facebook learn: ‘We have been saddened to listen to of the loss of life of Tony Harrington final November.

‘Tony was tragically killed final November and circumstances surrounding his loss of life are nonetheless a part of a police investigation.’

A spokesman for Warwickshire Police, which is main the investigation, mentioned: ‘At 6:04pm on 25 November 2023, paramedics contacted police to tell them of a person in cardiac arrest at a home in Packington Lane, Meriden.

‘The man in his 70s was declared lifeless on the scene. He had suffered chunk accidents, which have been discovered to be the reason for loss of life. Enquiries are ongoing.

‘Seven canine have been seized on the scene and a 75-year-old lady from the Coleshill space was arrested on suspicion of proudly owning a canine dangerously uncontrolled. She has since been bailed whereas enquiries proceed.’

It is not clear if these dogs had anything to do with his death

It will not be clear if these canine had something to do together with his loss of life 

Last month, it was revealed that canine assaults within the UK had risen by a fifth in a single yr – with police recording greater than 80 incidents a day.

Police forces recorded 30,539 offences of a canine injuring an individual or a information canine final yr rising from 25,291 in 2022.

It comes after a ban on XL Bully canine got here into drive final February following a spate of devastating assaults by the canine, leaving folks lifeless or significantly injured.

A number of days after the ban, Esther Martin, 68, was mauled to loss of life by her son-in-law’s unregistered XL Bully canine in entrance of her screaming grandson, aged 11.