The parents of a baby whose dog fatally mauled the youngster in woodland “raced huskies and kept them in their home,” it is claimed.
Kyra King, a three-month-old tot, was attacked by one of the sled dogs in a forest and suffered fatal head and neck injuries.
Karen Alcock, 41, and 54-year-old Vince King are set to appear in court charged with being in charge of a dog which was out of control causing injury resulting in death.
Neighbours near the family home in Scrub Hill, Lincolnshire, said today they could hear dogs “barking all the time” at the property in the weeks before Kyra’s death in March.
One local said: “I just don’t think it is right for one family to have so many dogs.”
Another neighbour said: “We can hear them barking and we are half a mile away.
“Keeping that many dogs is a bit obsessive for me. I would be very happy for the dogs to be got rid of.”
The Sun reports Vince King races huskies and was training them when the tragedy erupted.
Lincolnshire Police were called to Ostlers Plantation woodland in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, one of the few places in the country where racers can legally practice, on March 6.
Despite the efforts of the emergency services, Kyra was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident was reported to police by East Midlands Ambulance Service, and the parents arrested at the location.
The dog has been kept in isolation at secure kennels since the incident, and officers are seeking to have it put down.
Detective Constable Craig Davey, investigating officer, said: “This has been a profoundly sad investigation for everyone involved in understanding the circumstances around baby Kyra’s death.
“We have kept an open mind throughout this investigation, which has been lengthy and thorough and involved specialist forensic experts and officers from our protecting vulnerable people unit.”
The parents are due before Boston Magistrates’ Court on November 9.