Witnesses heard “no barking, just screaming” during the dog attack in Surrey.

Police at Gravelly Hill in Caterham, Surrey, where a dog attacked the public on Thursday. A woman in her 20s was pronounced dead at the scene and a second woman is being treated in hospital for dog bites, her condition is not life-threatening. Armed officers, with the assistance of the National Police Air Service, arrested a total of seven dogs in police custody at the scene. Picture date: Friday January 13, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Caterham. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Police at the scene on Gravelly Hill in Caterham, Surrey, where a dog fatally attacked a woman on Thursday (Image: PA)

Two dachshunds and a Leonberger were reportedly among the eight dogs confiscated after a deadly attack in Surrey.

Police were called to the remote Gravelly Hill in Caterham, where the 28-year-old woman was from, on Thursday afternoon Londondied at the scene of the crime.

A second woman, believed to have tried to help, required treatment for dog bites but has since been discharged from hospital.

Eight dogs were arrested by officers and remain under police custody.

The 28-year-old had reportedly made efforts to protect nearby witnesses from the dogs, who were described as “like a pack of wolves”.

A source told the Daily Mail: “There was no barking – just her screaming. She was attacked, she tried to sit up, but with the dogs around her and the attacks on her arms, she couldn’t. It was a rush.

“Maybe most of them were still on a leash. They were tangled around her, which meant she couldn’t stand.”

None of the dogs is a dangerous or prohibited breed, the newspaper reported.

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Two dachshund dogs are believed to have been among the group (Image: Shutterstock)

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A Leonberger was also reportedly arrested (Image: Shutterstock/Peter Josto)

Instead, one is said to be a Leonberger – a cross between a Newfoundland and a St. Bernard – and two dachshunds are said to be among the dogs arrested by police.

Two horsemen reportedly stumbled on the charge as it was unfolding and tried to help – but were told ‘go back, go back’.

A man at an address near the crime scene, who asked not to be named, told PA the beauty spot was very popular with dog walkers.

“The dogs spread out in different areas of the forest and the police helicopter was searching for them,” he said.

Police at Gravelly Hill in Caterham, Surrey, where a dog attacked the public on Thursday. A woman in her 20s was pronounced dead at the scene and a second woman is being treated in hospital for dog bites, her condition is not life-threatening. Armed officers, with the assistance of the National Police Air Service, arrested a total of seven dogs in police custody at the scene. Picture date: Friday January 13, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Caterham. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Police secured the area after the attack (Image: PA)

Police at Gravelly Hill in Caterham, Surrey, where a dog attacked the public on Thursday. A woman in her 20s was pronounced dead at the scene and a second woman is being treated in hospital for dog bites, her condition is not life-threatening. Armed officers, with the assistance of the National Police Air Service, arrested a total of seven dogs in police custody at the scene. Picture date: Friday January 13, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Caterham. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The lockdown was lifted late last night but investigations are still ongoing (Image: PA)

The cordons on Gravelly Hill were lifted last night.

Surrey Police Chief Detective Inspector Josephine Horner said: “This is a tragic incident in which a young woman sadly lost her life.

“Our thoughts remain with her family and friends and the family have asked that their privacy be respected at this difficult time.

“Special teams have been conducting forensic work at the scene but this has now been completed and the area has been reopened to the public.

“I know this incident has caused genuine concern locally and officers from the local neighborhood team will be in the area to reassure residents.

“The investigation to determine the circumstances of this incident is ongoing and I urge anyone with information who has not yet spoken to police to get in touch.”

An autopsy to determine the cause of the woman’s death is scheduled to take place in the coming days.

Their next of kin have been informed and are being assisted by specialized officials.

Surrey Police have been contacted by Metro.co.uk for comment on the breeds of the dogs being detained.

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