Dog walker mauled to death in Surrey may have been killed by own pet

A young woman who was mauled to death while walking a number of dogs at a Surrey beauty spot earlier this year may have been killed by her own pet.

Natasha Johnston, 28, was walking eight dogs on Jan 12 when several of them turned on her in a frenzied attack.

She died from “multiple penetrating bites to the neck”, an inquest later heard.

Surrey Police have confirmed that one of the dogs, believed to be an American XL Bully, belonged to Ms Johnston.

The force confirmed it had put the dog to sleep.

Officers continue to hold five other dogs following a forensic veterinary report, but returned two dachshunds to their owner last month.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “We have now received a forensic veterinary report and this has been shared with the Surrey Coroner.

“As a result of this, two dogs (both Dachshunds) were returned to their owner at the end of April and one dog, which belonged to the deceased, has been put to sleep.

“The five other dogs remain in private kennels and we are speaking with their owners regarding recommendations from the report.

“We believe the breed of dog which was put to sleep was an American Bully XL.”

Ms Johnston, from south London, died at the scene around 3pm, while another woman was treated for bite wounds at a nearby hospital.

No criminal charges were brought ahead of a full inquest, which is set to be heard next month at Woking Coroner’s Court.

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