The owner of the dog which mauled a three-year-old boy to death yesterday was investigated by police for two other animal attacks, but was never convicted.
Paramedics rushed to the area at Carr Lane, Milnrow, shortly after 1pm on Sunday to reports the youngster had been injured.
Chilling pictures of the scene showed ‘beware of the dog’ warnings plastered all around gates on the property.
The little boy was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead. No arrests have been made at this stage and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.
MailOnline has learned a dog had attacked two female walkers in the area before – leaving one with horrendous injuries – but the owner has never been convicted.
Hairdresser Kia Walker was just 19 at the time and said dogs ran out of a house and charged at her.
She told MailOnline: “I didn’t drop the investigation. I was told there wasn’t enough evidence.
“I asked if there was anything else they could do and they said no because there wasn’t enough evidence. There were no signs when I was there.
“I was on a public footpath. The gate was open and the two dogs came out and that’s when they attacked me. There were two Tibetan Mastiffs.
“I was one my own and I had to climb along a wall to get away. I had to have surgery on my arm.”
A relative added: ‘The dogs have charged towards her and ripped her arm.
A police tent and two discarded shields in the garden of the home where toddler was thought to have been attacked
The home in Milnrow, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester where a toddler, three, was mauled to death
Signs surrounding the property where the dog attack happened warn of dogs on the loose
‘He saw it all but ran back in the house. She said to him your dog has bit me and he was denying it saying no it hasn’t.
‘She jumped on this wall to get away from the dog and had a black out.
‘Luckily, a woman was up there walking as my sister had had this black out.
‘She stumbled across her and took her to hospital and rang my mum.
‘It traumatised her. The man that owns the dogs was denying but her arm was in two.
‘He must be breeding them he has loads of them.
‘She used to go walking all the time but now she doesn’t. It was taken to court but then for some reason it got dropped and nothing was ever done with it.
The incident happened on April 10 last year and another woman posted online she too had been set upon in the same spot.
Paramedics rushed to the scene at Carr Lane, Milnrow, shortly after 1pm on Sunday to reports the youngster had been injured
Police were at the scene today as their investigation continued into the tragic death
The tragedy happened on Carr Lane in Milnrow in Rochdale yesterday afternoon at 1pm
She said: ‘Absolutely heartbreaking. I knew this would happen one day.
‘The police are useless. I was attacked by one of this man’s dogs. I couldn’t walk for over a month.
‘The police did nothing. No further action letter I got. There were numerous times people have been bitten off different dogs up there. That poor little boy.’
Inside they discovered around £50,000 worth of farm and building machinery, which officers believed stolen, as well as two dogs, taken into care by the RSPCA.
Greater Manchester Police say a criminal investigation has been launched following the fatal incident this weekend.
Police were called to the scene by paramedics at 1.15pm on Sunday.
Officers were called at about 1.15pm on Sunday by the North West Ambulance Service after reports a child had been injured at Carr Lane
Police have been in attendance at the property since the tragedy was announced yesterday
Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels, of GMP’s Public Protection and Serious Crime Division, said: ‘This is a tragic, devastating incident and our thoughts are with the family at this horrendous time.
‘We are investigating the incident and previous incidents involving dogs at this address.
‘While our enquiries to find out what happened will be thorough and are very much in their infancy, we suspect that this little boy has, sadly, succumbed to injuries received as a result of a dog attack.
‘I understand this is an extremely distressing incident for all concerned and this news will rock the local community.
‘I can only assure everyone that we will work relentlessly to establish the full circumstances that led to this tragedy and while we retain an open mind, this is now being dealt with as a criminal investigation.
‘There will be a significant police presence in the area – we will be there to carry out an investigation and address any concerns residents may have.’