Danger dog attack yards from where Jade died

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A MAN is to appear before a Wigan court after a dog attack left a woman seriously injured just streets from where Jade Lomas-Anderson was mauled to death.

Daniel Slater is charged with having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place.

The woman required hospital treatment after suffering a serious injury to her finger in the incident that occurred last month.

Greater Manchester Police told the Wigan Evening Post that 24-year-old Slater, of Dorset Road, Atherton, was arrested after an incident on a field off Devonshire Road, on the Hag Fold estate.

The location is a matter of minutes from Chaucer Grove, the scene of the horrific and fatal attack on teenager Jade.

The 14-year-old was mauled by four dogs earlier this year - prompting a public outcry and calls for stricter dog control laws.

A spokesman for GMP said: “Several passers-by had called 999 and officers attended to reports that a woman had been injured in an incident involving two dogs on October 2, at just before 11am.

“She had sustained an injury to her finger that later required surgery having attempted to pull apart her dog and the other.”

Police believe Slater’s Staffordshire bull terrier-type pet had been let off its lead for a run around the park land. It was later signed over to the authorities and destroyed, GMP confirmed.

Last month, Beverley Concannon, 45, was given a suspended sentence after admitting unnecessary suffering to the dogs that attacked Jade.

Since the tragedy, numerous campaigns have lobbied the Government for changes to dog control laws, particularly to include responsibility for dangerous dogs on private property - an area the law does not currently cover.

Jade’s mother Shirley Anderson and step-father Michael have launched a campaign, backed by Wigan Council, calling for such changes and tougher sentences for owners whose dogs attack people.

Mr and Mrs Anderson have also visited Westminster to urge the Government to tighten the laws around dangerous animal ownership.

Slater will appear before Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court on November 19.