Dog owner fatally mauled by Staffordshire bull terrier while he was being 'interviewed for BBC documentary'

Nick Reilly
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (not pictured) mauled the man to death (Picture: REX Features)

A dog owner mauled to death by his Staffordshire bull terrier was allegedly being interviewed by the BBC when the horrific attack took place.

Police say that a 41-year-old man died in Wood Green, North London, after being bitten on the neck by his pet dog.

But it has now been claimed that BBC staff were present during the filming of a documentary when the dog fatally attacked its owner.

In a statement to Sky, the BBC said: ‘We are aware of an incident but we cannot comment any further as it’s an ongoing investigation.’

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The man’s cause of death was recorded as hypovolemic shock and damage to the airway – with the injuries said to be consistent with a dog bite.

He was pronounced dead at hospital in the early hours of Tuesday last week, after police were called to a property at 10.25PM on Monday evening.

The dog remains in secure kennels after being seized by police – who have since confirmed that the animal is not prohibited under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In a statement, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious – a post-mortem examination at Haringey mortuary on Friday, 24 March gave cause of death as hypovolemic shock and damage to the airway consistent with a dog bite.

‘Enquiries by police at Haringey continue to assist the coroner.’