Man, 37, who died after dog attack in Greater Manchester named as suspect, 24, arrested

19 May 2023, 18:20 | Updated: 20 May 2023, 09:44

Jonathan Hogg, 37, died after being mauled by an American Bully XL dog earlier
Jonathan Hogg, 37, died after being mauled by an American Bully XL dog earlier. Picture: Social media

By Emma Soteriou

A 37-year-old father has been named as the victim of a savage dog attack in Greater Manchester.

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Doting father Jonathan Hogg, 37, died after being mauled by an American Bully XL dog today.

His devastated widow Liberty Farrimond, 24, told the Daily Mail: "We've just had a baby and now I've got to explain to our kids why their dad is gone".

He leaves two children: one aged four month and another aged two.

Police were called to the scene on Westleigh Lane in Leigh at around 9pm on Thursday evening to find a man with serious injuries believed to have been caused by a dangerously out of control dog.

Mr Hogg was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of Friday morning.

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Despite the efforts of armed officers to subdue the dog, it posed a significant risk to the public and was humanely killed, police said.

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

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Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst of GMP’s Wigan district 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."

Anyone with information is urged to report it to GMP on 101 quoting log 3769 of 18/05/2023. You can also report information online using the ‘report’ tool.

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

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