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Mum savaged to death by pet dogs in horror attack as husband fought to save her

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A mum-of two was savaged to death in a dog attack as her husband fought to save her.

The woman, named locally as Joanne Robinson, was attacked in West Melton at around 10pm on Friday night.

Her boyfriend, named as Jamie Stead, 42, suffered severe injuries to his face, hands and chest as he bravely tried to defend her

He remains in hospital today.

Floral tributes have been left outside the victim's home in Masefield Road, following the tragic incident.

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The couple had two "Bully XL" dogs, which are not a banned breed in the UK despite having been involved in a number of fatal attacks in recent months.

Ms Robinson's mother, Dotty Robinson, described one of the dogs as a powerful animal: “Rocco’s a big dog, he’s bigger than a lion,” she said.

She said that Rocco – who was almost two years old – was humanely destroyed this morning along with the couple's otehr Bully XL, two-year-old Lola.

Dotty told The Sun: “I am in total disbelief and shock.

"I just hope it was quick and that she didn’t suffer too much.”

She added: “I want everyone to know how well loved she was. She was born and bred in this village. They all know her and love her.”

Two dogs found at the property were seized by specialist police officers from South Yorkshire Police.

Neither were of a banned breed, the force said.

Police confirmed that a 43-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.

A man, aged 42, and who is believed to have an adult son with Joanne, was taken to hospital with injuries to his hands, abdomen and face.

A family friend confirmed the name of the victim to a YorkshireLive reporter at the scene.

Neighbour John Allerton, 69, a retired miner, told the local news outlet: “It’s really really tragic. It’s changed his life, it’s changed his family’s life."

A female neighbour described Joanne as a "lovely lady" and a loving mum of two.

One neighbour who lives around the corner from the family said: "I'm devastated. She was a lovely lady. They are a lovely family."

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South Yorkshire Police remained at the scene on Saturday with a police cordon still in place and officers standing guard.

One tribute reads: "RIP. Lots of hugs. I am going to miss you loads xx."

Another reads: "To our beautiful angel up above. You will never be forgotten, love you always."

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."


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