Giant 11st Leonberger in pack of 8 dogs that mauled woman, 28, to death appeared on BBC show about problem puppies | The Sun

A GIANT 11-stone Leonberger that was part of a pack of dogs who mauled a woman to death, once appeared on a BBC show about problem puppies.

The dog, named Shiva, is believed to be among the eight dogs seized by police after the tragedy.

The 28-year-old woman – who was has not been named – was out with the hound and other dogs in Caterham, Surrey, when she was savaged.

Horrified witnesses told how "there was no barking, just screaming" when the woman was attacked.

It is not known whether Shiva was directly involved in the incident or not.

Originally called Maple, it has now been revealed that the pet appeared with her owner Delia Lewis, on BBC Two's 10 Puppies and Us in 2017.

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Delia struggled to train the unruly pup who used to chew through anything – including furniture and bins.

Maple was filmed running around professional psychic Ms Lewis' home and going to the toilet on the carpet. 

Horrified owner Delia posted that her dog "was one of the ones missing" shortly after the attack on Thursday.

She added: "She's a Leonberger, please if you have any information please tell me where to go or what to do." 

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Delia, a telephone psychic living in Croydon at the time, originally decided to call her dog Maple before deciding it was "far too sweet a name for this dog".

She instead renamed the pooch Shiva, which is a name shared by the Hindu god of destruction.

Ms Lewis said on the programme: "I thought Maple is far too sweet a name for this dog.

"I mean, don't get me wrong, she is sweet, but, like, she's not that sweet."

Paramedics battled in vain to save the gravely injured 28-year-old who was set upon moments after one of the pets bit another woman out walking her dog.

Cops seized the eight animals — none of them banned breeds and including a Leonberger and two Dachshunds — and they were in police kennels last night.

It is understood one of the dogs of which she was in charge bit another woman — who was discharged from hospital after treatment — before turning on her, followed by the rest.


One horrified witness told Mail Online: "There was no barking, just screaming. She was being attacked.

"She was trying to sit up but with the dogs around her and going for her arms she couldn't do it. It was a frenzy.

"Most of them may have been still on their leads. They were tangled round her, meaning she couldn't stand.

"It was impossible for them to get away, so in their frenzy they just went for what was in front of them."

While two horse riders found her as she lay dying. One said: “That image will haunt me for a long time.” 

Colin Tennant, of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association, said an “adrenaline rush” among the dogs may have triggered the attack.

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He said: “The high energy of a fight situation can redirect more aggression back into the melee. Possibly the dog walker has lost balance and has been targeted. 

“When energy gets up in a situation like that, inter-pack fighting can take place and dogs can bite anyone, even if they are trying to help.”

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