Woman, 21, killed by family dog with ‘no previous history of hurting people’

A young woman, 21, was killed by a family dog that had ‘no known history of attacking humans’, an inquest heard.

Keira Ladlow’s brother found her lifeless body covered in blood at his home in the Kitts Green area of Birmingham after she was savaged by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Gucci.

The customer services manager had told sibling Kayden Barrett she was scared the rescue dog would bite her the night before.

He dismissed her fears, putting them down to her not taking medication that helped with her anxiety, Birmingham Coroner’s Court heard.

Gucci was asleep in a bed next to Keira when her brother went to work on February 5.

Kayden returned to find water pouring through the ceiling from the shower and his sister’s ‘lifeless body’ on the floor ‘covered in blood’.

The rescue dog, which was later put down, had been in the family for four months after being adopted by Kayden.

In a statement read out at the inquest, the devastated brother said: ‘I panicked and did not know what to do.

‘I’ve always protected her. I feel responsible even though there was nothing I could have done that day.’

It is still unclear what caused the fatal attack as the dog had ‘settled in well and had a good relationship with Keira’.

The animal appeared to be ‘placid with no known history of attacking humans – but had previously bitten another dog’.

Birmingham assistant coroner Rebecca Ollivere said ‘nobody will ever know what caused the tragic shift’ in events that day.

Recording a narrative conclusion, she ruled: ‘The deceased was found dead at her brother’s house on the 5th February 2021 as a result of injuries she sustained when she was attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross, Gucci.

‘It is not clear what caused the attack as Gucci had a good relationship with Ms Ladlow and had appeared placid with no known history of attacking humans but had previously bitten another dog.’