A woman mauled to death by her dogs in Widnes, Cheshire, has been named locally as mother-of-three Elayne Stanley.
Screams were heard from neighbours as the two dogs attacked Ms Stanley, 44, who was at home with her three daughters, including 12-year-old twins.
The dogs, described as American bulldog or Dogue de Bordeaux type breeds, attacked their owner in the house on Graham Road at around 5.15pm on Tuesday.
Neighbours said they believe the victim’s 12-year-old twins were at home at the time and may have witnessed the attack.
Ms Stanley’s elder daughter, who is in her 20s, also ran to help get the dogs off her mother and into a yard at the back of the house.
Cheshire Police said formal identification of the victim has not yet taken place and they have not released a name.
Locals described hearing screams and frantic attempts to get the dogs out of the house as they savaged their victim.
Police later shot one of the dogs, a male named DJ, and a second dog, a bitch called Billy, was tranquillised and taken away, according to locals.
Pictures from the scene show blue police tape outside the mid-terraced house.
Cheshire Police told Yahoo News UK: “At around 5.15pm on 24 September, North West Ambulance Service informed police that a 43-year-old woman had been attacked by two dogs at an address on Graham Road in Widnes.
“Officers attended and discovered that the woman from Widnes was in a serious condition.
“She was treated at the scene by paramedics, however sadly passed away.
“Her next of kin have been informed and enquiries remain ongoing to establish the circumstances.”
Graham Road is in the residential area of Ditton, which is around two miles from the centre of town.
No arrests have been made.