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72-year-old Gran died after being mauled by 12-stone bulldog as she looked after grandchild


Elizabeth Walton was attacked while at the home of daughter Leah and son-in-law Ryan Joshua (Pictures: Wales News Service)


A grandmother died after being mauled by a 12-stone bulldog during a ‘series of attacks’ while babysitting her granddaughter, an inquest heard.


Elizabeth Walton, 72, sustained ‘extreme injuries’ after being attacked by the animal, which she was ‘familiar’ with, while looking after the youngster during the holidays on August 10 last year.


Mrs Walton, known as Ray, suffered bite wounds to her legs and buttocks and had to have an arm amputated following the attack, the inquest at Haverfordwest County Hall was told.


She never regained consciousness after being airlifted to hospital and died in the early hours of September 1 having contracted sceptic shock and pneumonia as a result of her injuries.

Mrs Walton had gone to her daughter’s home in Goodwick, Pembrokeshire, to help with childcare during the summer holidays.



The inquest heard she was a regular visitor to the property, where her daughter Leah and partner Ryan Joshua kept a number of dogs. She had been alone the house while her granddaughter was playing outside when the incident took place.


Coroner’s officer Lisa Jenkins said Mrs Walton found lying on the floor of a utility room surrounded by ‘a large amount of blood’ by her son-in-law when he returned home from work.


Ms Jenkins added: ‘It was clear to him one of the dogs had attacked.’

Elizabeth Walton was set upon by the American bulldog while babysitting her granddaughter (Picture: Wales News Service)

Mrs Walton was was comforted by Mr Joshua while her daughter phoned for help (Picture: Wales News Service)


Credit: Read more from metro.co.uk


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