Man Fatally Mauled To Death By His Dog During Interview With Film Crew
A Staffordshire bull terrier fatally mauled its owner during an interview with a BBC film crew, attacking the man’s neck in a bloody scene in London.
The station said the crew was not filming at the time of the attack.
Mario Perivoitos, 41, was pronounced dead at a hospital two hours after the attack in Wood Green on March 20, Metropolitan police confirmed to The Guardian. The animal — reportedly named Major — had bitten the man before, but Perivoitos “loved the dog more than himself,” according to a neighbor.
“There were one or two previous occasions when the dog attacked,” the neighbor identified as Tayfun told The Guardian. “Six or seven months ago the dog bit him on the leg. We heard him shout at the dog and he came running out with blood on his leg.”
Despite the previous attacks, the dog was generally quiet, the neighbor said, adding: “I never saw the dog to be vicious.”
Another neighbor, Geoff Morgan, said he heard Perivoitos shouting during the attack, screaming “Get him off! Get him off me!’”
“He was shouting really loudly,” Morgan told The Guardian. “He was bleeding from his neck. There was a lot of blood.”
The Staffordshire bull terrier, a smooth-coated dog known to be extremely agile and strong, are not a banned breed under the United Kingdom’s Dangerous Dogs Act. The animal was seized by authorities and has been placed in a kennel, The Guardian reports. The breed, according to the American Kennel Club, is the 82nd most popular dog breed and known to be “brave, tenacious, a bit stubborn; but also gentle, playful, and clever.”
An autopsy determined Perivoitos’ cause of death was hypovolemic shock, a condition caused by massive blood loss. He also had injuries to his airway consistent with a dog bite. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
The BBC reporters, meanwhile, have not been identified. They were interviewed at a police station in London earlier this week, according to a statement from the station to The Guardian.
“A crew making a BBC documentary were present – but not filming – at the time of the incident and called an ambulance,” a statement from BBC read. “Given the ongoing inquiries, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”