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Woman died after two dogs pulled on leads around her neck, inquest told

Connor Parker
·2-min read
Deborah Mary Roberts was discovered lying face down in grassland with dog leads around her neck. (Faceook)
Deborah Mary Roberts was discovered lying face down in grassland with dog leads around her neck. (Faceook)

A woman was strangled to death after two dogs pulled on their leads which she had placed around her neck as she walked them, an inquest has heard.

Deborah Mary Roberts, 47, was discovered lying face down in grassland with the dog leads around her neck on 8 July after a young girl found her.

The inquest was told she usually placed the leads around her neck when walking her dogs.

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Roberts had been suffering Huntington's disease at the time - a degenerative condition that impacted her mobility.

The inquest heard how two men had been working on an address on Southleigh Drive in Garden Village, Wrexham, North Wales, when they were approached by a young girl.

She said her friend was choking and needed help so they went to a grassed area behind the street where they found Roberts.

Denbighshire County Hall was told Roberts was lying face down with dog leads around her neck which were being pulled on by two dogs.

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Denbighshire County Hall was told Deborah Mary Roberts was lying face-down with dog leads around her neck. (Geograph)
Denbighshire County Hall was told Deborah Mary Roberts was lying face-down with dog leads around her neck. (Geograph)

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Roberts, a warehouse worker from Rhosddu, Wrexham, was pronounced dead the scene.

The inquest was also told the two dogs, Tyson and Ruby were loving pets who may have tried to help and were found whimpering at the scene.

Roberts's son, Robert, told the inquest: "They are beautiful dogs. If you met them now they'd just jump up and lick you.

“All they were doing is trying to help my mum when she fell."

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