A great-grandmother was mauled to death by a pack of dogs she was feeding as a favour for her daughter. The five animals pounced on Gloria Knowles, 71, after she went into the garden to give them their evening meal.
The widow was badly injured when the dogs – two 'giant' Bordeaux French mastiffs, two American bulldogs and a small mongrel – suddenly turned on her.
Neighbours described hearing 'hysterical screaming and barking' from the garden. Mrs Knowles lived next door to her daughter, Beverley Mason, with her granddaughter, who has a baby of her own.
|Brutal: Gloria Knowles was mauled to death by her daughter's dogs - two French Mastiffs, two American bulldogs and a small mongrel (all pictured)|
Mrs Mason lives with her husband, Dylan, and her other three children. The couple own the dogs together. The family has run Harrington's pie and mash shop in Tooting, South London, for several generations.
Police and ambulance services were called to the house in Morden, also in South London, on Tuesday night. Five dogs were later seized from the semi-detached property, and it was revealed that Mrs Knowles had had a heart attack as the animals set on her.
Nazir Hussein, a friend and neighbour of Mrs Knowles, was alerted to the attack when he heard Mrs Mason screaming 'Mum, Mum, Mum' outside the house. Mr Hussein, 65, said he had long been afraid of the family's dogs, describing them as 'vicious'.