‘Well-loved’ dad was mauled to death, leading to two arrests and the seizure of 15 dogs.
In response to Jonathan Hogg‘s passing, police have detained two people and seized a pack of dogs.
Following a dog attack in Leigh’s Westleigh Lane, the 37-year-old died.
After being mauled by the animal, which was thought to be an XL bully, on Thursday night, Mr. Hogg had severe head and neck injuries.
Today, the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said there had been two arrests and the seizure of 15 dogs.
A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog causing injury resulting in death, while a 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.
GMP Detective Chief Inspector, John Davies said: ‘Our investigations into this violent attack are moving at a pace, as our officers work relentlessly to understand the events that led to Jonathan’s death.
‘GMP officers searched two houses and seized 15 dogs (six adults and nine puppies) believed to be the same breed as that which attacked Jonathan. These dogs are now being cared for at a specialist facility.
‘Items totalling a value of £37,500 believed to be the result of criminal proceeds have been seized.
‘Dangerous dogs do not have a place in our communities, and we want to reassure the public that we are doing everything in our power to keep people safe.’
The dog who killed Mr Hogg was shot by armed police following the incident.
Last night, his family said in a statement released by police: ‘Jonathan was a well-loved, sensitive, and kind person who will never know how loved and appreciated he was by everyone who knew him.
‘We have been inundated with messages of support and we ask for privacy at this time to come to terms with our loss.’
Dozens of friends of Mr Hogg, known affectionately as ‘Oggy’, also left tributes on Facebook.
Olivia Marsden wrote: ‘Can’t believe what I’m reading! Rest in peace Oggy.’
Another, Amber Rose, wrote: ‘RIP Oggy! So so sad… thinking of you.’
Ella Rose posted: ‘RIP Oggy, absolutely lost for words,’ adding that she was ‘thinking of the kids and all the family at this awful time’.
Police had been called to the Westleigh Lane property at around 9.10pm on Thursday following reports of ‘concern for the welfare’ of a man.
When officers arrived, they found Mr Hogg had suffered serious injuries believed to be caused by a dog which was ‘dangerously out of control’.