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Funeral For Jade Anderson, Girl Savaged To Death By Dogs, Held In Manchester (PHOTOS)

26/04/2013 15:28 BST

A moving funeral service has been held for tragic teenager Jade Anderson who was savaged to death by dogs.

Hundreds of schoolmates, many shedding tears, joined her heartbroken mother Shirley Lomas-Anderson, who led mourners into church for the service at St Clement's in Chorlton, Manchester, before her daughter was laid to rest on Friday.

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Pink was Jade Anderson's favourite colour

The 14-year-old is thought to have been eating a pie when she was attacked by two Staffordshire bull terriers and two bull mastiff dogs as she visited a friend's house in Atherton, near Wigan, during half-term holidays on 26 March.

Police shot dead four of the animals at the scene but doctors were unable to save the teenager.

Jade's coffin was her favourite colour pink and the order of service was the same colour and included a photo of Jade, describing her as the "World's biggest One Direction fan".

Jade's coffin was carried in to the One Direction hit, What Makes You Beautiful, as mourners filed into church.

After the hour-long service Jade's coffin was carried to a horse-drawn hearse, pulled by two white horses wearing pink plumes, for her final journey to the Southern Cemetery in Manchester for a private burial.

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Many of the youngster's friends have helped the family cover the costs of burying Jade by holding community fundraising events.

Her family feared they did not have the money to give their daughter a funeral and their plight was even raised in Parliament by local MP Julie Hilling.

But friends and classmates of Jade's at Fred Longworth High School managed to raise several thousand pounds for the family through sponsored events and selling commemorative green ribbons.

Many wore their school uniform and some wore white T-shirts with the words Justice for Jade on the back and the website address to petition the government for a change in the law over dog attacks.

Police are still considering whether they can prosecute the dogs' owner, the mother of one of Jade's friends, under current legislation but say their inquiries are continuing.

The death sparked a public outcry and the government has announced plans to overhaul Britain's 25-year-old dog ownership laws, making it an offence for dogs to attack someone on private property.

But campaigners say the proposals do not go far enough and have urged new laws to allow authorities to take preventative action against dogs with dangerous behaviour.