AN English girl who was mauled to death by a pack of out-of-control dogs has been named as 14-year-old Jade Anderson.
Her body was found at a house in Atherton, Wigan, shortly after 2pm yesterday following reports she was unconscious and a number of dogs were out of control.
Armed police officers destroyed four of the animals, thought to be two bull mastiffs and two Staffordshire bull terriers, while a fifth was contained, Greater Manchester Police said.
Supt Mark Kenny said the teenager's injuries were "consistent with her having been attacked by dogs".
Police said the girl was believed to have been visiting the address and nobody else was present. All five dogs were at the address. "While our inquiries to find out what happened are ongoing, this girl's injuries are consistent with her having been attacked by dogs.
"I understand this is an extremely distressing incident for all concerned, including the community, and we will work hard to establish the full circumstances that lead to this tragedy.
A post-mortem examination on the girl was expected to take place last night.
Neighbour Kenneth Lindsay said he heard gun shots being fired.
"I just heard gun shots. It was going on without me realising it," he said.
"When I heard the gun shots I came out of the door. A policeman shouted at me to get back inside and stay inside."