A FAMILY has paid tribute to a 37-year-old man who died after being attacked by a dog in Leigh.

Jonathan Hogg passed away in hospital after suffering serious injuries at during the incident on Westleigh Lane, which happened at about 9.10pm on Thursday, May 18.

In  statement paying tribute to him, Jonathan’s family said: “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.”

Police say that despite the efforts of armed officers to subdue the dog and bring it to safety, it posed a significant risk to the public and was humanely killed.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of owning a dangerously out of control dog causing injury resulting in death. He remains in custody.

In a statement, Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst of GMP’s Wigan district said: “Firstly, I would like to extend my condolences to the loved ones of the victim of this attack.

“Our officers and our partners are currently supporting the victim’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.

“We recognise this incident will rightly cause concern within the local area and we would like to reassure the public that we explored every possible avenue to protect the local community and the animal involved.

“We would urge members of the public to please come forward if they have any information in regard to this incident. Any information you may have may be a huge help to our investigation.

“This is a distressing incident which has resulted in the sad passing of a man and we are determined to ensure this does not happen again in our community.”