A man was attacked and mauled to death by his own dog while he was being interviewed by a BBC film crew.
The man, 41, was taken to hospital but couldn’t be saved after suffering catastrophic blood loss and damage to the airways consistent with a dog bite.
The dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier according to police, is believed to have attacked its owner in the street outside his home in Wood Green, north London.
Paramedics were called around 10.30pm on Monday last week, but they couldn’t save the man and he was pronounced dead two hours later.
Staffies are not banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act and are popular in the UK.
The dog has been taken into secure kennels while a decision is made on whether it will be put down.
In the UK, the banned breeds are the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and the Fila Braziliero.
In a statement, the Met Police said: ‘The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious. A post-mortem examination at Haringey mortuary on Friday, 24 March gave cause of death as hypovolemic shock and damage to the airway consistent with a dog bite.
‘Enquiries by police at Haringey continue to assist the coroner.’
A BBC spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of an incident but we cannot comment any further as it’s an ongoing investigation.’