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'Get The Dog Off Me' Screamed Owner Killed By Staffie In Front Of BBC TV Crew

The dog is not a breed prohibited under the Dangerous Dog Act.

29/03/2017 10:20 BST | Updated 31/03/2017 11:13 BST

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A 41-year-old man was mauled to death by his Staffordshire bull terrier after it attacked him in front of a BBC TV crew interviewing him for a documentary.

The incident occurred at around 10.30pm on Monday 20 March and was attended by members of the Met Police and the London Ambulance Service.

The man - named locally as Mario Perivoitos - was taken to a north London hospital where we was pronounced dead in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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The man died after the attack by the Staffordshire bull terrier (file picture) 

The dog, which is not a breed prohibited under the Dangerous Dog Act, was contained by officers and seized. It remains in secure kennels while a decision is made whether to put it down.

Breeds currently banned under the act are Pit Bull terriers, Fila Braziliero, Dogo Argentino and Japanese Tosas.

A neighbour who lives in the same block as the north London flat where the attack occurred, told the Evening Standard: “I heard shouting saying ‘get the dog off me’ - the dog was barking really loudly.

“The police smashed the door down and they pulled him out. They were working on him outside the door - he was bleeding from his neck. He was semi-conscious. There was a lot of blood.” 

A post-mortem examination at Haringey mortuary gave the cause of death as hypovolemic shock and damage to the airway consistent with a dog bite.

The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been informed.

A BBC spokesman told the Huffington Post UK: “A crew making a BBC documentary were present – but not filming – at the time of the incident and called an ambulance. Given the ongoing inquiries, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”