My five-month-old baby was mauled to death by two Rottweilers – ALL dogs are dangerous, mum says in chilling warning

My five-month-old baby was mauled to death by two Rottweilers – ALL dogs are dangerous, mum says in chilling warning

THE devastated mum of a baby girl who was savaged by two Rottweilers has warned that “ALL dogs are dangerous” after a horrifying spate of fatal attacks.

Cadey-Lee Deacon was just five-months-old when she was killed by the two beasts at her family's pub in Leicester, in September 2006. 

Her mum Amy Burchell has now issued a chilling warning to other parents when bringing dogs into their homes.

Amy told The Sun: “All dogs are dangerous, they are unpredictable and can suddenly turn, like humans.”

The mum-of-six believes that lessons have still not been learned – with both her andhusband Lee vowing never to own a dog again. 

It comes after experts claimed the increase of bored Brits buying puppies during the Covid lockdown could have caused the high rates of fatal dog attacks.

Sixteen years later the trauma of Cadey-Lee's death is still fresh for the family and the recent spike in killer attacks brings back painful memories.

Amy explained the jailing of a dad over the death of his 12-day-old baby boy after a mauling by the family dog was particularly shocking.


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Tragic Elon Ellis-Joynes was just 12 days old when he was savaged by "dangerous" Chow Chow Alsation cross-breed Teddy at the family home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

But Lee Burchell, Cadey-Lee’s step-dad, added that their tragedy was different to others as no one was ever charged for owning a dangerous animal. 

All dogs are dangerous, they are unpredictable and can suddenly turn, like humans.

Amy and Lee – who later married and had six children – were moving out of the Rocket pub, run by Lee’s parents, at the time of the horror.

An inquest into little Cadey-Lee's death heard that one of the two Rottweilers had picked up the baby from her Moses basket and carried her, causing catastrophic injuries. 

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Speaking to The Sun from the couple's social club in Leicester, Lee said the community was so horrified by her death customers even stopped going to their family pub.

He said: “It was a real locals’ pub and after what happened people didn't want to come in.

"It was never the same.”

At the time of the attack the two dogs, Bruno and Bessie, were treated as guard dogs by Lee’s mum and were usually kept in a kennel on the pub’s roof. 

Devastated Amy discovered her baby covered in blood, with a post-mortem finding that the tot had suffered a substantial number of injuries including bite marks to her head, chest and abdomen.

It was a real locals’ pub and after what happened people didn't want to come in.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, the coroner, Michael Symington, said the attack was unexpected and the family could not have anticipated it. 

The incident had been investigated by police but the Crown Prosecution Service had concluded there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction. 

Both dogs were destroyed soon after Cadey-Lee's death.


Amy said that the family still grieves for baby Cadey-Lee and everyone still “misses her” even after 16 years.

She previously told an inquest: "She was my only child and everything to me.

"What has happened is the most tragic loss I could face.”

Her warnings come after a two-year-old boy died after being attacked by a dog in Worcester, and an eight-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after being bitten on the face in Cannock last month. 

What has happened is the most tragic loss I could face

Stephen Joynes, 36, was jailed for four years after his Chow Chow Alsatian-cross mauled his 12-day-old baby Elon Jase Ellis-Joynes at their home in Doncaster last year. 

Two people also appeared in court yesterday charged with being in charge of a dog called “The Beast” which killed schoolboy Jack Lis. 

The ten-year-old  was savaged by the eight-stone XL bully while visiting a school friend in Caerphilly, South Wales, last year.

Baby Bella-Rae Birch, one, was killed by her family’s pet dog in St Helens, Merseyside, which had been purchased a week before.

In March three-month-old Kyra Leanne King was mauled to death by an “out of control” husky at a beauty spot in Lincolnshire.

It comes as animal welfare experts have blamed the UK’s dog mauling epidemic on lockdown “impulse buys”.

Reports from the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association shows that there has been a 54 per cent increase in dog attacks from 2020 to 2021.

RSPCA animal welfare expert Dr Sam Gaines believes that the UK’s list of banned dogs could in fact be fuelling the spike, as Brits assume that any other breed of hound is safe.

She pointed out that “any dog” has the potential to be dangerous, and that there are no safe breeds.

Dr Gaines told the Sun: "We've seen an increase in dog ownership because of the pandemic.

"The RSPCA are really concerned about this. People found themselves in a situation where they wanted some companionship, wanted something for their children to look after.

When it comes to these sort of incidents, they are absolutely horrendous and tragic.

"The RSPCA, along with others, have been calling for there to be more thorough investigations around the factors that lead to these sorts of incidents.

"Including taking the dog away for behavioural assessments to try to understand what it is that actually led to an attack.

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"For example, dogs that are not necessarily cared for appropriately, maybe subject to some sort of abuse… a whole load of factors around housing and management.

"And also relating to the victims themselves that tend to co-occur alongside these fatalities. Breed is not one of the key factors in this.”

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