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Damon Wilkinson

Leigh dog attack: Woman arrested and 15 dogs seized after Jonathan Hogg, 37, mauled to death

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering in connection with a fatal dog attack on a dad-of-five. Jonathan Hogg, 37, was mauled to death by what was believed to be an XL bully type dog at a house in Leigh on Thursday night.

The dog was later shot dead by armed police. Today (Saturday) police said a 22-year-old female had been arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

It follows the arrest of a 24-year-old man on suspicion of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog causing injury resulting in death. Both suspects have been bailed pending further enquiries.

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Six adults dog and nine puppies have also been seized after two houses were searched as part of the investigation, while £37,000 of 'items believed to be the result of criminal proceeds' have also been confiscated.

Det Chief Insp John Davies said: "Our investigations into this violent attack are moving at a pace, as our officers work relentlessly to understand the events that led to Jonathan’s death.

Mr Hogg was described by his brother as 'one in a million' (Family handout/GMP)

"GMP officers searched two houses and seized 15 dogs believed to be the same breed as that which attacked Jonathan. These dogs are now being cared for at a specialist facility.

"Items totalling a value of £37,500 believed to be the result of criminal proceeds have been seized. Dangerous dogs do not have a place in our communities, and we want to reassure the public that we are doing everything in our power to keep people safe."

Mr Hogg, a mechanic from Hindley in Wigan, was known by friends and family as 'Oggy'. He was the father of three boys aged 16, 11, and four-months-old and two girls aged three and one.

Last night his heartbroken older brother Ian Hogg told the Manchester Evening News: "He was my little brother and I loved him to bits. He was one in a million - he'd do anything for anybody.

"He was bubbly and loud - the loudest person you ever met. His kids are in bits. I don't know what we're going to do.

"I was in the hospital from 11pm to 5am. It was just horrific, I can't get it out of my head, but the doctors and nurses did everything they could. They were amazing."

Armed police rushed to the property on Westleigh Lane at about 9.10pm on Thursday. The dog was forced into a cabin in a yard at the rear of the property and shot dead.

Mr Hogg had suffered serious injuries believed to be caused by a dog which was 'dangerously out of control', according to GMP. He was taken to Hope Hospital in Salford but died during the early hours.

The force said in a statement: "GMP armed officers were deployed to attempt to control the dog and officers reviewed and actioned every available tactic to subdue the dog and bring it to safety. Due to the significant risk the dog posed to the members of the public, the dog was humanely destroyed."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 3769 of 18/05/2023; or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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