A mother-of-three died after she was attacked by her two American bulldogs following an argument with her daughter, an inquest has heard.

Elayne Stanley, 44, suffered multiple dog bite injuries at her home in Widnes, Cheshire, on September 24 2019.

An inquest at Parr Hall, Warrington, on Wednesday, heard the dogs had previously been owned by her partner Paul Leigh, who did not attend the hearing.

Court orders requiring him to take steps to keep them under control were made in 2016.

Miss Stanley’s daughter Louise Smith told the court the dogs, DJ and Billy, had lived with her mother for about three years.

She said: “My mum was happy with it, she had them around her two children and my two.”

She said she was unaware of incidents involving the dogs in 2016, including an attack on another dog which had to be put to sleep and an incident where another dog owner was injured.

Jason Lennox, lead dog legislation officer for Cheshire Police, told the inquest American bulldogs were “guarding dogs” and could pick up on body language during arguments.

DJ was put down at the scene after two attempts to sedate him were unsuccessful.

Billy, a female dog, was taken away from the house and later euthanised, Mr Lennox said.

Recording a narrative conclusion, Mr Sigee said: “Miss Stanley died as a result of multiple dog bite injuries sustained when she was attacked by her two dogs within her home.”

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