Officers have responded to a report of a dog attack taking place on Kathleen Avenue in Bedworth.
The incident took place at around 3.50pm on Friday, 2 June.
A woman in her 70s was sadly declared deceased at the scene and her next of kin is aware.
Attending officers contained and seized the animal to a secure facility, and there is no ongoing risk to the wider community.
A 52-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a banned breed of dog and owning a dog dangerously out of control. The woman* is currently in hospital and being treated for an injury sustained by the dog. Her injury is not believed to be life threatening. The man has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.
Superintendent Sutherland Lane said: “This was a tragic isolated incident, and a full investigation is now underway to establish the circumstances surrounding it.
“Thankfully dog attacks of this nature are exceedingly rare, but I recognise this will be deeply upsetting for the local community.
“The public can expect to see a heightened police presence in and around the area while we conduct our enquiries. Please do come and speak to one of our officers if you have any information that could help with our investigation.”
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information is asked to report this to us either via our website www.warwickshire.police.uk/report or by calling 101 quoting incident number 250 of 2 June 2023.
*The woman has been discharged from hospital and released on police bail.