Two charged following fatal dog attack in Netherton

Two people have been charged after a woman died following a dog attack in Netherton on Friday, 18 August 2023.

At around 5.45pm, it was reported that Marie Stevens, aged 40, had been bitten to the legs and arms by two Rottweiler dogs on Park Lane West.

Police officers gave Ms Stevens first aid until an ambulance arrived and took her to hospital, where she was treated and later discharged.

On Sunday, 3 September, police were called by the North West Ambulance Service to Ms Stevens’ home on Holden Road, in Brighton-le-Sands, to a report she had collapsed and sadly died.

A post-mortem determined the primary cause of death was a pulmonary embolism.

A Merseyside Police statement reads, “Today, Friday 22 December, we can confirm that Brian Walshe, 41, of Netherton and Rachel Walshe, 69, of Netherton, have both been charged with being the owner / person in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death.”

They are both due to appear at South Sefton Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 31 January 2024.

The dogs involved in this incident were seized by officers and remain in secure kennels.

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