Rotherham dog attack: Woman, 43, killed as man suffers life-changing injuries

A woman has been killed and a man was rushed to hospital with “life altering” injuries following a savage dog attack last night.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, just after 10pm.

A woman, aged 43, was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of medics to save her.

She has since been named locally as mum-of-two Joanne Robinson.

South Yorkshire Police said in a statement that a 42-year-old man was also rushed to hospital after suffering a potentially life-changing injury to his hand.

His other hand, his abdomen and face were also injured in the attack.

Two dogs were seized and removed from the property in Masefield Road by officers who said that neither were considered ‘banned breeds’ under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Police remain at the scene in Rotherham today with investigations ongoing. There is not believed to be any arrests at this stage.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “We were called to a property on Masefield Road in West Melton at about 10.15pm last night by a member of the public stating a dog had attacked himself and a woman.

“Officers attended with a Yorkshire Ambulance Crew and found a man, aged 42, with a potentially life-altering injury to one hand, plus injuries to his other hand, abdomen and face.

“He was transported to hospital for further treatment.

“The woman, aged 43, had been fatally bitten and despite the best efforts of emergency crews was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Early last week a woman in Liverpool was left needing surgery after being bitten in the face and throat by a dog during an ‘unprovoked’ and savage attack.

The victim was just walking down the street when a large dog on a lead jumped up and bit her.

The man walking the dog fled the scene after the attack and the woman was rushed to hospital with “severe” injuries to her face and throat.

The latest attack in Rotherham is the seventh fatal dog attack in the UK since the beginning of 2022.

In May NHS England released figures showing which areas of the country are most affected by dog attacks which Knowsley, Merseyside coming out at number one.

The North West town has 24.2 attacks per 100,000 people on average per annum.

Knowsley was closely followed by two Yorkshire towns; Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire where 21.4 people are attacked on average, and Wakefield in West Yorkshire, where 20 people are struck or bitten each year.

Surgeons and canine experts have raised concerns about the impact of lockdown on dog behaviour with an influx of both new and inexperienced breeders and owners during the pandemic.