Jade Anderson, a 14-year-old girl from UK, has been found dead at a house where a number of dogs were “out of control”.
Jade Anderson’s body was discovered by police on Tuesday, March 26, at a property in Atherton, near Wigan, at about 14:00 GMT after someone saw the girl unconscious in the house.
Police have not established the cause of death but said her injuries were “consistent with having been attacked by dogs”. Four of the dogs were killed.
Jade Anderson did not live at the Chaucer Grove home and was thought to be visiting.
Greater Manchester Police said four dogs described as “aggressive and out of control” had since been put down.
Early indications were two of the dogs put down were bull mastiffs and two may be Staffordshire bull terriers, officers said.
Police arrived to find Jade Anderson alone in the house and managed to get four of the five dogs contained in the garden.
The force said the animals were then put down “humanely” by armed officers. A fifth dog was securely contained.
The dogs’ remains will now be examined as part of the investigation into the incident.
Supt Mark Kenny said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family of the girl who has tragically lost her life.
“I understand this is an extremely distressing incident for all concerned, including the community, and we will work hard to establish the full circumstances that led to this tragedy.”
He added there would be a “significant” police presence in the area while police investigated the incident.
Friends have already posted online tributes to Jade on social media websites.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimates about 210,000 people are attacked by dogs in England every year.
Five children and one adult have been killed by dogs on private property since 2007.