Cheshire Police has confirmed that at around 5.15 pm on Tuesday 24 September, their officers received reports that two dogs had attacked a 44-year-old woman at an address on Graham Road in Widnes.
Response team officers attended the property and discovered that the woman was in a severe condition.
Despite the best efforts of all the emergency services, the woman died at the scene.
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police confirmed that her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
Following the attack, repeated attempts were made by officers to safely secure the two dogs to remove them from the address.
One was safely detained; however officers were unable to secure the second dog.
Attempts were made to tranquilise the second dog, but this was unsuccessful so, in the interests of public safety, the dog was destroyed.
The other dog remains in a secure kennel.
Detective Inspector Ian Whiley said:
“We understand that people in the local community will be concerned when they hear about what has happened.
“But I would like to reassure residents that we are doing all that we can to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
“However, at this stage, it is believed that the dogs were known to the woman and were living at the address.
“This has been an extremely distressing incident, and our thoughts are with the woman’s family at this difficult time.”