A dog walker who was tragically mauled to death by an XL Bully in a vicious attack weighed just 8st and didn’t stand a chance against the crazed animal, his heartbroken friend has revealed.
Ian Langley, 54, was state upon on the estate in Sunderland on Tuesday by an broad soon to be banned brown and white XL Bully which grabbed him by the neck as he bent down to in finding his Patterdale terrier pup.
The dog is said to have ‘torn out the throat’ of Mr Langley, who was left desiring CPR for around quarter-hour as emergency services and products fought to staunch heavy bleeding from his wounds. The 54-year-conventional father tragically succumbed to his accidents. His dog survived.
A 44-year-conventional man from the Maple Terrace area of Shiney Row, Sunderland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The latest attack, which is the sixth fatality caused by an XL Bully this year comes as the Authorities appears to be like to ban the breed which are disproportionately represented in attacks. It also comes after a nurse revealed she had been bitten by a Bully-variety in Paignton, Devon last week.
Mr Langley’s friend of 20 years, Michael Kennedy, today said he was ‘heartbroken’ by his death. Remarking that he weighed just 8st and ‘appeared malnourished’, he added: ‘He was really skinny, he would have no chance against a mountainous dog.’
It comes after a nurse revealed she had been bitten by a Bully-variety in Paignton, Devon last week.
This is believed to be the XL Bully that mauled a dog proprietor to death while he was trying to give protection to his pup from the crazed animal. Locals say the animal has attacked at least two dogs previously
Ian Langley, (pictured) originally from Liverpool, was state upon on the Shiney Row estate by an broad XL Bully breed which grabbed him by the neck as he bent down to in finding his Patterdale terrier pup
The 54-year-conventional father tragically succumbed to his accidents, however his Patterdale terrier pup (pictured) survived the horrific attack
Police cordon off Maple Road, Shiney Row in Sunderland
Mr Kennedy told the Evening Standard: ‘He was a really nice lad, he came from Liverpool, he was a lovable rogue you can say.
‘I was stricken about him, telling him to glimpse after himself and be careful. He used to roam to the church every Tuesday, where of us roam to assist each other out. My mam goes and on every occasion I saw him he would ask after her. He was a very caring fella. The reason I am speaking to you (the press) is because I attach now not want his name to be tarnished, he doesn’t deserve that. I am heartbroken.
‘He never did any harm, he was now not a violent individual, he wasn’t a hard man, he wasn’t the variety to roam searching for difficulty.’
A woman who claims to have previously reported the arrested man to police told MailOnline that the XL Bully that attacked Mr Langley had launched other attacks ahead of Tuesday’s killing.
She said of the attack: ‘It was the male dog, a mountainous brown and white one, which attacked my elderly neighbour’s dog. One thing ought to calm have been accomplished about it at that stage.’
Another neighbour claimed the dog proprietor was getting a ‘little bit of difficulty about his dogs because of us were complaining they were attacking other dogs’.
‘Nevertheless I’d never say he was an irresponsible dog proprietor, in fact he used to walk them at evening when there were fewer dogs around,’ the resident added. ‘They were successfully cared for and appeared after. A dog can attack for any reason, it doesn’t mean the proprietor is negligent.’
Mr Langley’s friend Janice Gonzales said that she is aware of at least two community members whose dogs were attacked by the XL Bully that killed her friend, however added that ‘apparently there have been extra than that’.
‘Ian was here at 3pm on Tuesday, chatting and serving to to weed my back yard. He said he’d reach back today to assist me with my allotment because I undergo arthritis,’ she recalled.
‘That’s the roughly man he was, variety and invaluable and friendly. He always walked Beau along that same route however on Tuesday evening one thing happened and it appears as although the bully went for Beau and Ian picked her up to are trying to sustain her safe.
Forensics teams investigate a heavenly XL Bully dog attack
A man has died after being savagely attacked by an XL Bully in Sunderland
The attack happened on Maple Terrace in Shiney Row near Sunderland
‘The dog’s purchased maintain of him and the accidents were unpleasant. We were up all evening waiting for news because we heard to initiate with that he’d survived. My daughter came round devastated to say he had died and it was just awful.
‘Beau ran away at some level of the attack and we belief she must have been killed as successfully however she was found and somebody brought her to us and we took her in to glimpse after her.
Fatal American XL Bully attacks in 2023
January 12 – 28-year-conventional Natasha Johnston is killed in Caterham, Surrey by the XL Bully breed
January 31 – 4-year-conventional Alice Stones is killed after being attacked by the killer breed in Milton Keynes
April 22 – Wayne Stevens, 51, dies after being state upon by an XL Bully and Cane Corso mix in Derby
May 19 – Jonathan Hogg, 37, is killed by an XL Bully in Leigh
September 14 – Father-of-two Ian Designate, fifty three, is mauled to death by two XL Bullys in Stonall, Staffordshire
October 3 – Ian Langley, 54, is killed after an broad soon to be banned XL Bully breed mauled his throat in Sunderland
‘We also have a male Patterdale and Ian had talked of breeding them. She was a bit shaken however she’s doing OK now. He cherished her and she was a great companion for him.
‘I attach now not know the proprietor of the Bully thoroughly. I’ve handiest met him once and he said he was into martial arts, however I know no extra about him.’
Residents dwelling cessation by have described the pandemonium ahead of police arrived at the scene to shoot the savage dog and arrest its proprietor.
A resident dwelling cessation to the attack recalled: ‘We were told ‘roam in, shut your doors’ and then I heard the gun shot.
‘The dog was shot in the proprietor’s yard. I attach now not know what state the dog off, each person appears to be speculating.’
Speaking of the paramedics, she said: ‘It was awful to search for, you attach now not request it for your step.’
A local dog proprietor, who asked now not to be named, steadily saw two XL bullies being walked in the area.
He saw the man’s throat had been injured.
He said: ‘I heard a woman screaming for the police, saying the man was loss of life.
‘The man purchased assign in the ambulance and they were engaged on him here for about ten minutes ahead of they spark off.
‘I have viewed the two dogs ahead of, they are successfully-known in the area, an older one and a younger one.
‘They shot the older one in the yard.’
A resident who knew the sufferer said: ‘He was walking his pup, which is a Patterdale terrier, when an XL Bully ran up and went for his pup.
‘He picked up the pup to give protection to him and the XL Bully bit him. The police shot the dog in the boulevard and apparently eliminated a litter of pups from the house. The guy who was bitten lives for his dogs.
Search Laura Reynolds watched the horrifying fatal attack unfold
A smashed window at the scene of the heavenly incident in Sunderland
Residents dwelling along the calm estate were subjected to a scene of fright
The dog was ‘destroyed at the scene to be certain that the safety of the public’
Residents dwelling along the boulevard were reportedly told to ‘procure internal’
The proprietor of the dog has since been arrested and his animal has been destroyed
A woman arrives with floral tributes at the scene of the incident
‘He had an conventional dog that was aged 17 which died last year, he is a dog lover and would attain anything to give protection to them. He appeared to be in a really bad way and of us here are just praying for him to procure better.’
Northumbria Police said: ‘An investigation has been launched after a man was critically injured by a dog in Sunderland.
‘Quickly ahead of 6.55pm on Tuesday, police acquired a whisper that a dog had injured a man outside of an address on Maple Terrace in Shiney Row. Emergency services and products attended the scene and the man – in his 50s – was taken to hospital with serious accidents.
‘A 44-year-conventional man was arrested in connection with the whisper. He remains in police custody at this time.
‘The dog was destroyed at the scene to be certain that the safety of the public. A second dog was also seized from the address as a precaution.
‘There is no wider danger to the public, and police remain in the area to offer reassurance to the community.’
The distressing incident has already cast a huge shadow over the cessation knit Shiney Row community.
Neighbour Linda Blyth, 56, said: ‘It was really awful, or now not it’s a tragedy for all individuals though-provoking, however especially the family of the man who was attacked.
The govt has said this may ban XL Bullies by the stay of the year (file image)
The alternative of fatal dog attacks in the UK have soared in latest years – hitting a listing excessive in 2022
‘It happened on the grassed area in front of the homes and we’re now not decided exactly what started it.
What is an American Bully XL and what makes it so dangerous?
American bullies are a relatively contemporary breed, having originated in the Eighties.
They are mixed breed bulldogs, typically American pitbull terriers crossed American, English and Olde English bulldogs.
Despite their relative popularity in the UK, they are now not officially registered as a breed by the UK Kennel Club, making it sophisticated to know exactly how many are in the country.
They are viewed as ‘status symbols’ and are normally purchased for their intimidating appears to be like.
Though the bully XL is the most widespread, the dogs can also be bred with mastiffs and other larger dogs to make them bigger, XXL and even XXXL.
Controversial and illegal practices such as ear cropping are also carried out to make them appear extra intimidating.
The males can weigh between 70 and 130 pounds of muscle bone and have broad energy.
The ‘status symbol’ nature of the dogs has viewed them change into one thing of a weapon, purchased by those that want a thuggish and scary taking a glimpse dog.
Despite their lack of official certification, there is also a booming market with pups regularly equipped on Facebook and via places appreciate Gumtree for anywhere between £500 and £3,000.
On the other hand, consultants are at pains to warn of their potentially dangerous nature, especially if their aggression is encouraged.
They drop from bull-baiting dogs and if they aren’t trained successfully then their aggression may surface.
This may pose a real threat to humans, particularly younger of us, and has been viewed in several heavenly latest deaths fascinating the dog.
‘It appears as although the man was trying to procure his pet out of the way when the XL Bully took maintain of him. The streets were very speedy stuffed with police, there were blue lights in all places and they were working to are trying to make the area safe. I may search for paramedics engaged on the injured man. They were doing CPR however were also trying to stop the blood.’
Another be aware said: ‘His accidents were horrific and appeared to me to be unsurvivable, I’ve never viewed anything appreciate it.
‘As soon as a dog that mountainous and noteworthy latches on they attach now not let roam and it has caused some really unpleasant damage to him.
‘The guy had a pet with him which ran away and was missing for a while however was found later by of us on the estate and appears to be OK now.’
Mr Langley, who was known as ‘Scouse’ in the area has been described as a ‘canny lad’ by residents of the housing estate.
One mum said the area is plagued by dangerous dogs and added that the fright attack was ‘an accident waiting to happen’.
She said: ‘The dogs in assign a query to have already been reported on various occasions for attacking other dogs.
‘Nevertheless the police have accomplished nothing except it has attacked a human. Or now not it’s fairly a bad area here for dogs.
‘We have heard the sufferer had his throat bitten. It went for the throat.
‘He was covered in blood and police did CPR for 15 mins ahead of he was blue lighted to hospital.
‘Or now not it’s really caring for me as I have younger of us. You procure to the level where you are scared to let them attain anything.
‘The dogs here aren’t being taken care of successfully, and are out of regulate.’
There was a massive police presence at the scene today with a huge cordon in place.
It is far understood the second dog, which was taken away by the police, had now not too lengthy ago had pups.
A friend of the sufferer said: ‘Scouse had a dog himself he used to walk all over the place. He didn’t deserve to die.
‘He was a canny lad. He was friendly. Or now not it’s a tragedy.’
Another local added: ‘He was a very friendly individual. He’d always say hi there. He appears a nice man. Or now not it’s a scary thing to have happened.
‘I purchased taken straight to my door last evening as I wasn’t decided if the dogs were calm on the unfastened.’
A 44-year-conventional man has been arrested in connection with the incident
North East Ambulance Carrier said: ‘We were called to an incident on Maple Terrace, Shiney Row just after 7pm.
‘We dispatched two double crewed ambulances, a specialist paramedic and a clinical team leader. One patient was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.’
Detective Chief Inspector Angela Hudson, of Northumbria Police, said: ‘First and important, I’d appreciate to extend my true condolences to the man’s family and family members.
‘This is an absolutely tragic incident, and we are able to proceed to offer them make stronger in any way that we can.
‘A beefy investigation has been launched to resolve the circumstances of what has happened.
‘I’d appreciate to reassure the wider community that there is no ongoing danger to them, and officers will remain in the area to offer reassurance and carry out enquiries.
‘While our investigation is at an early stage, we attain assume those though-provoking were known to each other.
‘I’d also proceed to ask of us now not to speculate about the incident online, together with on social media, while enquiries are ongoing.’
THE TRAGIC BRITS KILLED BY AMERICAN BULLY XL DOGS IN RECENT YEARS
THE 52-YEAR-OLD MAULED TO DEATH BY TWO XL BULLIES OUTSIDE A PRIMARY SCHOOL
Father-of-two Ian Designate, from Stonnall, Staffordshire, was killed by the two dogs which jumped out of a neighbour’s window yards from a primary faculty in September.
Mr Designate reportedly died defending his elderly mother from the animals.
Witnesses said the dogs entered Mr Designate’s mother’s garden via a hedge ahead of ‘surroundings’ on him in an attack said to have lasted up to 20 minutes.
The dogs bit Mr Designate and ripped the clothes from his body leaving him loss of life in a pool of blood in his boxer shorts in Thursday afternoon’s fright attack just feet from his home.
Father-of-two Ian Designate (pictured), from Stonnall, Staffordshire, was killed by the two dogs which jumped out of a neighbour’s window yards from a primary faculty. He reportedly died defending his elderly mother from the animals
These are the dogs believed to have been though-provoking with the attack, according to locals. One of the animals died while being restrained; the other was given a lethal injection by a vet
THE 10-YEAR-OLD ATTACKED WHILE PLAYING WITH A FRIEND
Jack Lis, ten, died in November 2021 after struggling catastrophic accidents after being mauled by a seven stone dog while playing at a friend’s house in South Wales.
The dog named Beast, was shot dead by armed police officers following the attack on Jack.
After Beast’s death it was found to be an 115lb American Bully or XL Bully. The dog is believed to have been given away free of charge on Facebook.
Jack’s mother Emma Whitfield has since launched a campaign for a contemporary law that would overhaul the Dangerous Dogs Act. She wants to search for stricter penalties and stronger principles to stop illegal and irresponsible breeding and promoting.
Jack Lis was attacked by the XL bully dog while playing with a friend at a house after faculty in Pentwyn
Small Jack Lis suffered ‘extreme accidents to the head and neck’ when he was state upon by the seven stone XL Bully while playing at his friend’s home
THE 17-MONTH-OLD GIRL MAULED AT HOME IN FRONT OF HER PARENTS
Bella-Rae Birch was just 17 months conventional when an American Bully XL mauled her to death at her home in Blackbrook, St Helen’s on March 21.
The dog had been purchased by her father ‘for buttons’ just one week earlier and was ‘humanely destroyed’ following the heavenly attack, Merseyside Police said.
According to her devastated mother, the family had been given the dog a week ahead of the incident and had made decided that it was safe for the younger of us.
No legal proceedings took place as Bella-Rae was now not on her maintain when the attack happened and the dog wasn’t under the Dangerous Dog Act.
Bella-Rae Birch, pictured, was mauled to death by an American Bully dog which had been now not too lengthy ago purchased by her father Ryan
SCOTTISH KENNEL OWNER MAULED, LEAVING HIS FIVE KIDS ORPHANS
Adam Watts, 55, was attacked at the Juniper Kennels and Cattery in Kirkton of Auchterhouse, near Dundee, and was pronounced dead at the scene on December 22 in 2021.
The bully – who was though-provoking with an incident with another dog – had been assign into the care of Mr Watts’ kennels by police after being seized under warrant in August.
Tributes were paid to Mr Watts online after news of his death broke, with one dog charity praising his ‘light, calm nature’ in trying to gain the trust of abused animals in his care.
Mr Watts left in the back of 5 sons, aged between 10 and 18, who misplaced their mother Eileen Watts in 2013 to cancer, at the age of 46.
Adam Watts, 55, was attacked at the Juniper Kennels and Cattery in Kirkton of Auchterhouse, near Dundee, and was pronounced dead at the scene on December 22 in 2021
FATHER KILLED BY SON’S BULLY AFTER BEING BITTEN ON THE LEG
A two-year-conventional American Bully dog known as Cookie sunk its teeth into the leg of Keven Jones, the father of its proprietor, in north Wales in May 2022.
His daughter-in-law Chanel Fong vital somebody to assist care for Cookie and their other four dogs while she went out, with the son Josh away at Wembley watching a football match.
She came in to the house on Holt Road, Wrexham, on 23 May and heard Keven shouting: ‘He’s purchased me’.
As she grew to change into the nook, Fong found him laying on the floor, blood gushing from his leg.
He later died of blood loss.
Keven Jones, 62, had long past to Wrexham to assist glimpse after his son’s dogs, one among which fatally attacked him
Cookie-Doe (pictured) was assign down by a veterinarian at the scene following after he bit Keven Jones
MOTHER-OF-TWO MAULED AFTER BULLY ‘SNAPPED AND WENT MAD’
Joanne Robinson, 43, was mauled to death by her pet American Bully XL dog after it ‘grew to change into mad in the grievous heat’ in July 2022.
Her partner, Jamie Stead, 42, was left with accidents to his hands, stomach and face as he tried to saved her and pull the animal off her.
Joanne had two XL Bully dogs – Rocco who was nearly two, and Lola.
Ms Robinson’s heartbroken son paid tribute to his mother, calling her his ‘handiest friend’ and a ‘caring mum and the handiest Nannan to my younger of us.’
Joanne Robinson (pictured) owned two Bully XLs and was killed by one among them in 2022
Joanne is understood to have been the proprietor of the animal, called Rocco (pictured), which is on the legal dog breeds listing and attacked her at around 10pm
DOG WALKER MAULED BY XL BULLY AS THEY PLAYED
Ian Symes, who weighed 7st 12 lbs and was 5ft 10ins, was walking a ‘noteworthy’ American Bully XL at a public park in Fareham, Hampshire when it overpowered him.
The Bully XL reverted to its ‘aggressive’ natural instincts and repeatedly bit down on Mr Symes’ neck after he began playing with it.
The dog weighed a massive 8st 3lbs.
It was the first time Mr Symes tried to take it out for a walk, just a day after a friend purchased it from travellers over Snapchat
Ian Symes, from Fareham, had owned Rottweilers in the past and photographs on social media display him smiling lovingly with his pets
WIDOWED GRANDMOTHER VICIOUSLY ATTACKED IN HER OWN HOME
Retired nurse Shirley Patrick, 83, died in hospital 17 days after struggling ‘life-threatening accidents’ at some level of a ‘hellish’ and ‘violent’ dog attack in Caerphilly, South Wales on December 3, 2022.
She suffered ‘traumatic lacerations’ and significant wounds to her head, body, face and arms at some level of the attack.
Her provisional cause of death was given as ‘sepsis caused by pneumonia and contaminated scalp wounds’ following the attack.
She was attacked by a large black XL Bully Base Cane Corso – just half a mile from where Jack Lis was previously killed.
Shirley Patrick, 83, died in hospital 17 days after struggling ‘life-threatening accidents’ in the attack
DOG WALKER MAULED TO DEATH BY PACK OF DOGS
The country was anxious after Natasha Johnston, 28, was mauled to death by the eight animals she was walking in a Surrey park in January.
Witnesses to the horrific attack said the dogs grew to change into into a pack of ‘wolves’ when they attacked Natasha at the Gravelly Hill beauty station in Caterham.
She died from multiple bites to the neck, together with one that perforated her jugular vein, an inquest heard. Eight dogs were seized at the scene of the frenzied attack.
Police confirmed last month that Ms Johnston’s dog was the handiest animal to have been destroyed, which they assume to be an American Bully XL.
Natasha Johnston died from multiple bites to the neck
FOUR-YEAR-OLD SAVAGED IN VICIOUS GARDEN ATTACK
Four-year-conventional Alice Stones was mauled to death by a dog in the back garden of her home in Milton Keynes.
The breed of the dog that killed her has now not been officially confirmed however is believed to be an American bully.
The tragic woman’s family revealed that the dog was a family pet. It was later assign down by police.
Alice’s mother was described as being distraught and ‘fully heartbroken’.
The dog at the centre of a fatal attack on a four-year-conventional woman Alice Stones (pictured) in Milton Keynes was a family pet
FATHER KILLED BY ‘OUT OF CONTROL’ BULLY
Jonathan Hogg was killed last month by an ‘out of regulate’ dog just four months after his son’s starting up – and three days ahead of his daughter grew to change into two.
The dog was forced into a cabin in a yard subsequent to a static caravan and, when armed officers arrived, the animal was shot dead.
Greater Manchester Police later searched two homes and seized 15 dogs, together with six adults and nine pups, believed to be the same breed as that which attacked Mr Hogg.
Jonathan Hogg, 37, died after being mauled by an American Bully XL dog
What is the Dangerous Dogs Act? Which dogs are banned? And why is it controversial?
WHAT IS THE DANGEROUS DOGS ACT?
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans or restricts certain varieties of dogs and makes it an offence to allow a dog of any breed to be dangerously out of regulate.
It was launched 30 years ago by House Secretary Kenneth Baker ‘to rid the country of the menace of these battling dogs’ after a string of attacks.
WHICH DOGS ARE BANNED IN THE UK?
It is far illegal to maintain four breeds of dogs with out an exemption from a court. They are:
- American pitbull terriers
- Japanese tosas
- Dogo Argentinos
- Fila Brazileiro
The law also criminalises bad-breeds of the above four varieties of dog – meaning that whether a dog is against the law relies on a judgement about its physical characteristics and whether they match the description of a prohibited ‘variety’.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE’S A DOG ATTACK?
You can procure an unlimited lovely or be despatched to detention heart for up to six months if your dog is dangerously out of regulate.
You may now not be allowed to maintain a dog in the future and your dog may be destroyed.
Ought to you let your dog hurt somebody you can be despatched to detention heart for up to 5 years or fined. Ought to you deliberately train your dog to hurt somebody you may be charged with ‘malicious wounding’.
And while you allow your dog to abolish somebody you can be despatched to detention heart for up to 14 years or procure an unlimited lovely.
WHY IS THE ACT CONTROVERSIAL?
Both the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the British Veterinary Association have protested against the ban, insisting there is no scientific evidence that all individuals of a breed are dangerous.
On the other hand, Met Police data suggests that in incidents fascinating ‘dangerously out of regulate dogs’, banned breeds account for about a fifth of offences.