Giant 11 Leonberger in pack of 8 dogs that killed 28-year-old woman featured on BBC show about problem puppies

A GIANT Leonberger that was part of a pack of dogs that killed a woman was once featured on a BBC program about problem puppies.

The 11-stone dog, named Shiva, is believed to be among eight captured by police following the tragedy.


The 11 Leonberger at the center of the tragedyCredit: Facebook
Delia Lewis (pictured) is the owner of the dog that used to be called


Delia Lewis (pictured) is the owner of the dog formerly called ‘Maple’Credit: BBC
Shiva once appeared on the BBC show about puppies in trouble


Shiva once appeared on the BBC show about puppies in troubleCredit: BBC

The 28-year-old woman, who has not been named, was out with the dog and other dogs in Caterham, Surrey, when she was killed.

Horrified witnesses told how “there was no barking, just screaming” when the woman was attacked.

It is not known whether Shiva was directly involved in the incident or not.

Originally named Maple, it has now been revealed that the pet appeared with owner Delia Lewis on BBC Two’s 10 Puppies and Us in 2017, on Run on Sunday reported

Delia struggled to train the unruly puppy who used to chew on anything, including furniture and bins.

Maple was filmed running around the home of professional psychic Ms Lewis and going to the toilet on the carpet.

Horrified owner Delia posted that her dog “was one of the missing” shortly after Thursday’s attack.

She added: “She’s a Leonberger, please if you have any information tell me where to go or what to do.”

Delia, a telephone psychic living in Croydon at the time, originally decided to name her dog Maple before deciding it was “too sweet a name for this dog”.

Instead, he renamed the cub Shiva, which is a name shared by the Hindu god of destruction.

Mrs Lewis told the show: “I thought Maple was too sweet a name for this dog.

“I mean, don’t get me wrong, she’s sweet, but, like, not that sweet.”


Paramedics battled in vain to save the critically injured 28-year-old who was attacked moments after one of the pets bit another woman walking her dog.

Police captured the eight animals, none of them banned breeds and including a Leonberger and two Dachshunds, and they were in police kennels last night.

It is understood one of the dogs he was leading bit another woman – who was discharged from hospital after treatment – before turning on her, followed by the rest.

A horrified witness said so Mail online: “There was no barking, just screaming. She was being attacked.

“He was trying to sit up but with the dogs around him and going on his arms he couldn’t do it. It was a frenzy.

“Most of them may have been still on their way. They were tangled around him, meaning he couldn’t hold on.

“It was impossible for them to escape, so in their frenzy they went to find what was in front of them.”

While two horsemen found her while she was dying. One said: “This image will haunt me for a long time.”

Colin Tennant, of the Canine and Feline Behavior Association, said an “adrenaline rush” among the dogs could have triggered the attack.

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He said: “The high energy of a fight situation can redirect more aggression into melee. Possibly the dog walker has lost his balance and been attacked.

“When the energy rises in a situation like this, fights can occur between groups and dogs can bite anyone, even if they are trying to help.”

Delia Lewis said her dog was


Delia Lewis said her dog was ‘one of the missing’
Officers cordoned off access to the scene of terror, where the 28-year-old Londoner was fatally attacked.


Officers cordoned off access to the scene of terror, where the 28-year-old Londoner was fatally attacked.Credit: LNP

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