THE devastated mother of a little girl brutally killed by two Rottweilers has warned ‘all dogs are dangerous’ after a gruesome spate of deadly attacks.
Cadey-Lee Deacon was just five months old when she was killed by the two beasts in her family’s Leicester pub in September 2006.
Her mum Amy Burchell has now issued a chilling warning to other parents about bringing dogs into their homes.
Amy told The Sun: “All dogs are dangerous, they are unpredictable and can turn around suddenly, like humans. »
The mother-of-six believes lessons still haven’t been learned – she and husband Lee vow never to own a dog again.
It comes after experts claimed the surge in angry Britons buying puppies during the Covid lockdown may have caused the high rate of fatal dog attacks.
Sixteen years later, the family’s trauma from Cadey-Lee’s death is still fresh, and the recent spate of deadly attacks brings back painful memories.
Amy said the imprisonment of a father over the death of his 12-day-old boy after he was mutilated by the family dog was particularly shocking.
The tragic Elon Ellis-Joynes was just 12 days old when he was devastated by the ‘dangerous’ Chow Chow Alsation teddy cross at the family home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
But Lee Burchell, Cadey-Lee’s stepfather, added that their tragedy was different from others because no one has ever been accused of owning a dangerous animal.
Amy and Lee – who later married and had six children – were leaving the Rocket pub, which was run by Lee’s parents, at the time of the horror.
An inquest into baby Cadey-Lee’s death has revealed that one of the two Rottweilers took the baby out of her basket and carried her, causing catastrophic injuries.
Speaking to The Sun of the couple’s social club in Leicester, Lee said the community was so appalled by her death that patrons even stopped going to their family pub.
He said: “It was a real pub for locals and after what happened people didn’t want to come in.
All dogs are dangerous, they are unpredictable and, like humans, can suddenly turn around.
“It was never the same again. »
At the time of the attack, the two dogs, Bruno and Bessie, were being treated as guard dogs by Lee’s mother and were usually kept in a kennel on the pub’s roof.
Devastated, Amy found her baby covered in blood and an autopsy revealed the child had sustained a significant number of injuries, including bites to the head, chest and abdomen.
Coroner Michael Symington said of an accidental death the attack was unexpected and the family could not have foreseen it.
The incident was investigated by police but the Crown concluded there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction.
Both dogs were exterminated shortly after Cadey-Lee’s death.
“MOST TRAGICAL LOSS”
Amy said the family is still mourning the loss of baby Cadey-Lee and “everyone still misses her,” even after 16 years.
She previously told an inquest: “She was my only child and everything to me.
“What happened is the most tragic loss I can suffer. »
His warnings come after a two-year-old boy died after being attacked by a dog in Worcester, and an eight-year-old boy was hospitalized after being bitten on the face in Cannock last month.
What happened is the most tragic loss I could bear
Stephen Joynes, 36, has been jailed for four years after his Alsatian cross Chow Chow mutilated his 12-day-old baby, Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes, at their Doncaster home last year.
Also yesterday, two people appeared in court accused of being responsible for a dog named “The Beast” that killed schoolboy Jack Lis.
The ten-year-old was bullied by eight-stone bully XL while visiting a school friend in Caerphilly, south Wales, last year.
Baby Bella-Rae Birch, one, was killed by her family’s pet dog in St Helens, Merseyside, which had been bought a week earlier.
In March, three-month-old Kyra Leanne King was beaten to death by a runaway husky at a Lincolnshire beauty spot.
It comes as animal welfare experts have blamed the UK dog mutilation epidemic on the ‘impulse buying’ of the lockdown.
Reports from the Canine and Feline Behavior Association show that dog attacks increased by 54% from 2020 to 2021.
RSPCA animal welfare expert Dr. Sam Gaines believes the UK dog ban list could actually fuel the surge as Brits assume every other breed of dog is safe.
She pointed out that “every dog” has the potential to be dangerous and that there are no safe breeds.
dr Gaines told The Sun: “We have seen an increase in dog ownership due to the pandemic.
“The RSPCA is really concerned about this. People found themselves in a situation where they wanted company, wanted something for their children to take care of.
When it comes to these types of incidents, they are absolutely horrifying and tragic.
“The RSPCA, along with others, has called for further investigation into the factors leading to such incidents.
“Including examining the dog’s behavior to find out what actually led to an attack.
“For example, dogs that aren’t necessarily properly cared for can be subject to some sort of abuse…a whole range of housing and management factors.”
“And also in relation to the victims themselves, who tend to coexist with these deaths. Race is not one of the key factors in this regard. »