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BREAKING NEWS: Four 'aggressive and out of control' dogs put down at house where 15-year-old girl found dead
16:31 GMT, 26 March 2013
16:46 GMT, 26 March 2013
Four 'aggressive and out of control' dogs have been put down at a house in Atherton, Greater Manchester, where a 15-year-old girl was found dead today, police said (file picture)
Four 'aggressive and out of control' dogs have been put down at a house in Atherton, Greater Manchester, where a 15-year-old girl was found dead today, police said.
Officers were called to the house shortly after 2pm today following a report of a teenage girl who was seen unconscious, along with a number of 'out of control' dogs.
Police have said officers attended where they were confronted by 'a number of dogs that were aggressive and out of control'.
Officers have not yet disclosed what breed the dogs were. The force said the four of the animals were put down 'humanely' by armed officers.
The dogs' remains will now be examined as part of the investigation.
A fifth dog was inside the house and was securely contained throughout.
Superintendent Mark Kenny said it was 'too early to speculate' about what took place.
He said: 'First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family of the girl who has tragically lost her life.
'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.
'There will be a significant police presence in the area, which will remain this afternoon and evening. We will be there to carry out an investigation and address any concerns residents may have.
'It would be too early for us to speculate about what has happened, and further information will be released when it becomes available.'