The mother of a woman who was mauled to death by her own dog at home says she warned her daughter that ‘something bad was going to happen’ two weeks before she died.
Mother-of-two Joanne Robinson, 43, was killed by her American Bully XL dog, Rocco, after it ‘went mad in the extreme heat’ in July.
She died at the scene of the attack at the home in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, while her partner, Jamie Stead, was left with injuries to his hands, stomach and face as he tried to pull the animal off her.
Joanne’s mum Dot, from Wath-upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire, revealed that Rocco had previously fought with their other dog Lola – and she had warned her daughter to ‘get rid of one of them’.
Dot has said the family, including Joanne’s children Dillon, 24, and Elle, 19, are in ‘bits’ and ‘not coping’ after the tragic death.
Joanne Robinson, 43, described as ‘beautiful inside and out’ was mauled to death by her own dog in July
Joanne was killed by her American Bully XL dog, Rocco, who was on the legal breed list
Talking to Mirror, she called for an end to ‘these nightmare deaths’ as ‘too many people are being killed’ by dogs.
The 67-year-old said something had to be done – while insisting her daughter would not have blamed Rocco, who was on the list of legal dog breeds.
“I’ve never seen a dog as big as Rocco, he had started fighting with their other dog Lola and I asked her to get rid of one of them,” she told the newspaper.
‘I warned her what was going to happen but she adored that dog and said “I can’t give him up mum”.’
Dot described her daughter as ‘beautiful inside’ and a ‘gem’ who was adored, adding that Jo always picked up strays.
But she wants to see action and believes the government needs to crack down on breeders and bring back dog licenses for larger breeds.
She said her daughter tried to do everything right, but her 18-month-old dog was too big and strong.
Dozens of flowers were laid at the scene of the attack, which left Joanne’s partner with injuries to his hands, stomach and face
Third death involves the Bully XL dog breed
In March this year, Bella-Rae Birch, a 17-month-old girl, was killed by an XL Bully dog. The toddler had been attacked at her family’s home in St Helens, Merseyside, just a week after they bought the animal.
Also this year, Joanne Robinson was mauled to death by her American Bully XL dog after it ‘went mad in the extreme heat’. The 43-year-old died at the scene of the attack at a house in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Last year, Welsh schoolboy Jack Lis was also killed in a brutal attack by a Bully XL. The 10-year-old boy was playing at a friend’s house in Caerphilly last November when he was attacked by the dog.
Dot said Joanne paid £4000 for Rocco from a breeder and she ‘fell in love’ with him, even though he fought with other puppies in a cage when she first met him at a breeder.
She said her daughter’s two dogs had fought last August, then again at Christmas.
They had to separate them and leave them in separate rooms, Dot said, adding that Joanne had planned to get a dog behaviorist to help.
Both dogs have been destroyed, Dot confirmed.
The grandmother previously said: ‘I don’t know why they suddenly snapped. I can only believe they went crazy in the extreme heat. That must have set them off’.
She has spoken out again after a ‘lovely and funny’ grandmother was mauled to death by five American bulldogs this week in a separate incident.
Ann Dunn, 65, died at a dog breeding property in Liverpool on Monday night after being mauled by ‘several’ dogs described by Merseyside Police as American Bulldog breeds.
Five canines were later taken from the property by police and ‘humanely destroyed’.
Dunn was attacked inside her home on St Brigid’s Crescent in Vauxhall at around 4.25pm on Monday.
People were called to the home after her family realized something was wrong when she didn’t show up to pick up her grandson from school.
The property where Mrs Dunn died had been listed online for dog breeding.
Pictures on the company’s website show several dogs advertised for sale, with offers available upon request.
American Bulldogs, which were the breed of dog found in the home, are not one of the four breeds currently banned in the UK.
A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of owning a dangerously out-of-control dog and has since been granted conditional bail pending further enquiries.
Merseyside Police said a post-mortem examination will take place to establish Ms Dunn’s cause of death.