The family of a 37-year-old man who died after being attacked by a 'dangerously out of control dog' have paid an emotional tribute to him.

The victim who died today in hospital has been named as Jonathan Hogg

As police investigate the horror attack, his family have this evening released a statement describing Mr Hogg as well-loved.

In a statement issued through the police, the family said:"Jonathan was a well-loved, sensitive, and kind person who will never know how loved and appreciated he was by everyone who knew him.

"We have been inundated with messages of support and we ask for privacy at this time to come to terms with our loss.”

The Bolton News:  Jonathan Hogg'

Mr Hogg was attacked yesterday evening and died in hospital today.

Police were called at 9pm to a concern for welfare of a man on Westleigh Lane in Leigh.

They found him with serious injuries believed to have been caused by a dog dangerously out of control.

Armed police were sent to the scene to attempt to control the dog and police say that officers "reviewed and actioned every available tactic to subdue the dog and bring it to safety".

But due to the significant risk the dog posed to the members of the public the dog was humanely destroyed.

Today, despite the best efforts of emergency services, Mr Hogg sadly died in hospital in the early hours of the morning.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog causing injury resulting in death. He remains in custody for further questioning.

Police are now appealing for information that will help their investigation.

Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst said: “Firstly, I would like to extend my condolences to the loved ones of the victim of this attack.

"Our officers and our partners are currently supporting the victim’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

“We recognise this incident will rightly cause concern within the local area and we would like to reassure the public that we explored every possible avenue to protect the local community and the animal involved.

“We would urge members of the public to please come forward if they have any information in regard to this incident, any information you may have may be a huge help to our investigation."

He continued: “You can report information to GMP on 101 quoting log 3769 of 18/05/2023. You can also report information to us online using the ‘report’ tool:

“Alternatively, you can report information to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“This is a distressing incident which has resulted in the sad passing of a man and we are determined to ensure this does not happen again in our community.

“If you think someone has or is breeding dangerous dogs, please report it online on by calling 101.

“For more information about dangerous dogs in the UK, please visit our advice page”