An 83-year-old man died from injuries sustained when a “pit-bull type” dog escaped from a neighbour’s garden in London, it has emerged.  Mr Trotman had been in his back garden in Rowan Road when he was attacked by the dog. It is not clear how the animal managed to escape and enter Mr Trotman’s property.  The incident happened on 23 January however the man was found dead by his son on 29 January.

Police said Leslie Trotman from Brentford was bitten on his right leg, knocking him over resulting in injuries to his left side and hand. He had attended West Middlesex Hospital for treatment shortly after the incident, which was reported to police, and officers spoke to Mr Trotman following his release from West Middlesex Hospital.

Scotland Yard decided to treat the matter as manslaughter after a post-mortem examination carried out at at Fulham Mortuary on February 2 revealed that Mr Trotman had died from a haemorrhage, caused by a ruptured spleen.  A police spokesman said: “Officers believe these injuries were sustained during the attack by the dog.”

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and released on bail.  Three dogs have been seized from an address in Rowan Road, Brentford.  The matter has now been taken on by the force’s homicide and serious crime command under Detective Chief Inspector Charles King.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

This appears to be a truly shocking incident and I believe that owners should be made to take responsibility for their dogs actions, whatever the breed.

…  Anne