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Cornwall boy died from blood loss after ‘bulldog-type’ dog bit him ‘multiple’ times inquest hears

Boy, nine, died from blood loss after ‘bulldog-type’ dog bit him ‘multiple’ times in his head during savage attack at caravan holiday park, inquest hears

  • Frankie MacRitchie, nine, bled to death after being bitten multiple times by a dog
  • He was attacked by a ‘bulldog-type’ breed that bite his head at a holiday park
  • Police investigations are continuing into the cause of the incident  
  • The dog’s owner was family friend and salon owner Sadie Totterdell, 28
  • She was arrested for manslaughter and having a dangerous dog, later released

A boy bled to death at a holiday camp after being bitten ‘multiple’ times on his head by a dog, an inquest heard.

Frankie MacRitchie was attacked by a ‘bulldog-type’ breed while he was alone in a caravan at the Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall on April 13. 

The nine-year-old was on holiday with his mother Tawnee Willis, as well as other relatives, who were in an adjacent caravan when police were called to the scene just after 5am on April 13. 

Police investigations are continuing into the cause of the incident and an inquest was opened and adjourned in Truro, Cornwall.

Frankie MacRitchie bled to death from being bitten by ‘bulldog-type’ dog multiple times, an inquest heard

The coroner was told that the cause of death was exsanguination, which is the fatal loss of blood, caused by ‘multiple dog bites to the head.’

Deputy coroner for Cornwall Andrew Cox adjourned the inquest to a date that was set.

The dog’s owner Sadie Totterdell, 28, a friend of Tawnee, was arrested for on suspicion of manslaughter and having a dog dangerously out of control, but later released under investigation. 

Members of the public who heard ‘sounds of distress’ coming from the caravan rushed over to give Frankie first aid before the emergency services arrived but he died at the scene. 

Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 

Under section one of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) outlaws four types of dog; the pitbull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino, and fila Brasilerio 

Owners of dogs who attack someone can face jail time depending on the severity.

Prison sentences in England and Wales are: 

– Up to 14 years for a fatal dog attack 

– W to five years for injury

– Up to three years if an assistance dog is attacked.



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