TV documentary to mark anniversary of Jade Lomas-Anderson's death

The Bolton News: Jade Lomas-Anderson Jade Lomas-Anderson

ALMOST a year has passed since teenager Jade Lomas-Anderson was mauled to death by a pack of dogs.

Jade died while eating a meat pie at a friend’s house in Atherton on March 26 last year and to coincide with the first anniversary of her death, ITV has launched a two-part documentary, “Dangerous Dogs”.

Airing on March 20 and 27, the programme looks at whether “devil dog” headlines are fair, or whether irresponsible owners are to blame.

Her mother and stepfather, Shirley and Michael Anderson, as well as Bolton West MP Julie Hilling have worked tirelessly to change this since Jade’s death.

MP Ms Hilling said: “Never trust a dog to be alone with a children or babies is a message I want out there.

“The more we can do to raise the issue of dangerous dogs and awareness of the consequences the better.

“The Government has said that everything we want will be contained in future legislation.

“We are not convinced.”

The 14-year-old was mauled by two Staffordshire bull terriers, a bull mastiff and an American bulldog inside a house in Chaucer Grove on the Hag Fold estate.

Police marksman killed the animals but nobody has been prosecuted for Jade’s death — because there is no law under which to prosecute them because the dogs were on private property.

Jade's parents have welcomed tougher sentences for irresponsible owners but have urged the Government to focus more on preventing tragedies rather than reacting to them.

While ITV were making the programme, three people were killed by dogs in the UK and a further 6,000 required hospital treatment after being attacked.

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